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en/iadazine for Alumni and iSBnds of Virginia Commonwealth University 


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Nobel Prize 

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Alumni Association Officers 

Kathleen Burke Barrett '71 BS '73MS/B 

P B E S I D E ^ T 

William Ginther '69BS 74MS/B 




J. SouthallStone'71BS/B 

S E C R E I a B Y 

Dan Massey '92BS/B 

T B E s S V B E a 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 


VCU Dance— A Moving Reunion 

Dance and Ghoreography alumni met with students, 
shared work in progress, and celebrated creativity 
with a stellar Alumni Dance Concert at the firstVCU 
Dance Reunion, October 11-13, 2002. The department 
reached its 20-year mark in 2002 and waa^ed one 
of the 25 programs to watch by Dancema 
Performing to a full and enthusiastic hoidjl at Grace 
Street Theatre (designed for VOdaai^) on 

Chairs of School Alumni Boards 
Shirley McDaniel '99BGS 


Thomas Silvestri '8EMBA 


Cheryl Magiil '81MEd '99PhD 


Board of Directors 

TERM c X P i S 1 N G 2005 

Donna Coghill'90BFA'94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 


Adrienne Clancy '91, Reginald Ellis Crump '90, 
Starrene Foster '93, Erin Mitchell '00, Tommy Parlon 
'94, Rob Petres '92, Denise Purvis '96, Renee 
Robinson-Buzby '00, Laura Scbandelmeier '86, and 
Ray Elliot Schwartz '92. 

On Sunday morning, alumni, faculty, students 
danced together, led by faculty choreographers Chris 
Burnside '69 and Melanie Richards. "There were so 
many beautiful moments as the many generations of 
the dance department moved together and bonded," 
Burnside comments. "This was achieved nonverbally 
through the passion of movement that we all share." 

Adrienne Clancy (right), alumna choreographer 


William Davis ^IBS/H&S/CPA ^giVIS/H&S/CPA 

Jo Lynn DeMary '72MEd 

Stephanie Holt 7'IBS/E 

Juanita Leatherberry '73BS/B 

Timothy McKeever '96M6A 

Michael Wade '86BS/H&S '91MS|RC)/AH 

Linda Warren '75BS/B 


Marika Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Quentin Corhett 7285/6 

Mary Cosby93/H&S MMSIRO/AH 

Nina Sims gSBS/MC 

Paul Hundley 'SeBFA 

Cecil Millner 78BS/B ■82MACC 

Susan Noble '96MT/E 

Edwin Slipek 74BFA 


Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S 

Hold TliatPose, Please. Starr Foster, Nanq/ 
Payne '98, Melanie Richards and Renee 
Rohinson-Buzby manage a moment of stillness. 

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action UnhfersHy 

In Good Company. 

Adrienne Clancy, 
Ken Yafnagiichi-Clark 
and Tommy Parlon 

Faculty Line. Past aM present faadty get 

their kicks: Kay Weinstein, Melanie Ricliards, 

Ann Andeison (nrst chair), Frances Wessels and 

Sharon Kinney (1983). 





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The article about the Bocock House, the 
Richmond Symphony's Designer House, 
in the fall issue had just the right tone 
and was filled with good stories. 1 am 
pleased to have played a small part in it. 
Thanks ti ir a gieat job that was good for 
VCU and good for our project. 

jfDeanna Riii^iiian 
Chaii of Publicity for Richmond 
nphony Designer House 

I was f<ftcinated by your article in the 
most rcient VCU magazine about Mrs. 
Elizabeth BtKsQck, and thought you'd 
en|oy these memones^aj^ich your article 
tnggered. ^^^^^i^fc^ . 

I had thought I was the oldest student 
at V CU when 1 entered as a fivshiiian at 
the age of 57 in WeS^^^kwas mistaken. 
Three years latejj^^f^frocock was m on 
of iw^iiBrtfftaglish classes. History of 

^.^J^iem^i'^h Language, taught by Dr. 

'■•= Elizabetli i:)uke. 1 still chuckle when I 
think of Mrs. B. in that class, and 
remember liow all the young students 
enjoyed hel remarks. 

t tlie time, 1 was on the staff of the 
studeht newspaper, assigned to interview 
Mrs. Buu ick. Well before noon one day, 1 
asked her if 1 c^d write about her. She 
chuckled, and invited me to lunch. Her 
apartment in 901 West Franklin Street 
was almost hidden by a brick wall and 
faced a small but inviting garden. 

During a small but tasty lunch served 
bv a uniformed maid, we chatted 

amiably. Then I looked at my watch and 
said, "Mrs. Bocock, 1 need to go to my 
next class, so do you mind if we start the 
interview now?" 

With a twinkle in her eyes, she 
answered, "Mrs. Wolfe, I just wanted to 
talk to you, and I've enjoyed it; but 1 
NEVER give interviews!" 

At graduation, Mrs. Bocock was 64, 1 
think, and 1 was 61. After graduation 1 
worked in the Evening College, next door 
to the Bocock House. She would stop at 
my desk to let me know whenever she 
planned to take evening classes. 

One afternoon as I was leaving, an 
apparition came into view — a woman in 
an elegant green taffeta dress, pushing a 
bicycle. When 1 asked where she was 
headed in such lovely attire, she replied 
with a grin, "You see, my dear, 1 had to 
get in my exercise for today, and I'm 
going to a cocktail party — and don't 
worry about my dress." 

After that, I saw her a few more times. 
I've always considered her one of the 
most interesting senior citizens I've ever 
met, and I'll never forget that she and 1 
were the oldest graduates of the Class of 

Dinah Wolfe '69BA/H&S 

Annapolis, Maryland 

Ed. Mrs. Bocock is catainfy an honomiy 
alumna of VCU, but she did not hold a 
VCU degree. 

After feeding tlwgrads, alumni volunteers 
share breakfast and a sigh of relief 

Winter Commencement 

Alumni served an early breakfast to VCU 
graduates and their families before 
Commencement on December 14, 2002. 
VCU awarded 1,559 undergraduate, 
graduate and professional degrees to 
August-December graduates. 

1 wanted to let you know that 1 received 
the copies of Shafer Court Connections 
magazine this morning. 1 again want to 
express my appreciation for you and your 
staff's harci work and time in relation to 
the story of Bass and the USS H.A. BASS. 
Thank you, and the writer, Donna 
Gregory, for the very fine article. 

Roy Baugher 111 

History Museum & Historical Society of 

Western Virginia 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Thanks so much for the piece featiiring 
the School of Engineering in Sliafer Cowt 
Connections, Fall 2002. It was great! We'd 
like to use it as part of our response to 
inquiries and applicants. 

Nancy Neville 
Assistant Dean 
VCU School of Engineering 

Nearly Nobel 

Very early one October morning, graphic 
designer Jocelyn Senn '83BS/MC 

answered the phone. "John Senn has won 
the Nobel Prize for Chemistry," said a 
woman with a thick accent. Senn's grand- 
father John Senn had been dead for years, 
so she told the caller she must have a 
wrong number. But she wondered. 

It soon became clearwhen she heard 
the news that VCU professor of chemistry 
Dr. John Fenn had won the Nobel Prize. The 
caller had been a reporter trying to get an 
interview with the new Nobel Laureate. 

Still, Senn felt touched by greatness 
just by receiving the call. "I went to VCU," 
she told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "so 
was very proud." 

Rambassador with students Ronak Sampat 
and Kayce Johnson. 

Tailgate Party 

Students and alumni warmed up in heated 
tents at the Winter Tailgate Party that closed 
VCU's Homecoming Week on Saturday, 
February 8. The VCU Pep Band led the parade 
of Rams fans down Harrison Street to the 
Siegel Center for the game. We won, for the 
sixth time straight, 78-62, with Emanuel Mathis 
sinking a career high 26 points. Under Coach 
Jeff Capel, VCU is playing exciting basketball. 
In late February, their record was 17-7. 


Motorola a Solid Presence at VCU 

In 1995, Motorola Inc. announced plans to buy 
land in Goochland County and build a computer- 
chip factory that would employ 5,000 people. At 
the same time, Motorola and Siemens built the 
White Oak plant in Henrico County to manufac- 
ture RAM chips. When Motorola later sold its 
interest to Siemens, the name became Infineon 
Technologies, now employing 1,750. 

But after a four-year downturn in the semicon- 
ductor market, Motorola announced in September 
that it is selling its land. "It has nothing to do 
with the region or people," said Motorola's Sean 
Hunkler. "It has everything to do with the 

The company 
continues to be a 
major force behind 
VCU's School of 
Motorola's $6.5 
million equipment 
gift tmst ftimished 
VCU's "clean room" 
for making semicon- 
ductor chips. 
summer internships 
for VCU students often lead to jobs. In this year's 
tight economy, Motorola hired only eight new 
graduates in the whole country for its Semicon- 
ductor Products Sector; three of them are from 
VCU's School of Engineering. "We know that 
VCU students will produce for the company," 
said Motorola's Barry Dill. 

The Sticking Point 

In December, VCU Health Systems and Atlanta's 
Grady Memorial Hospital rejected President Bush's 
call to vaccinate front-line medical workers against 
smallpox. Since then a growing number of hospi- 
tals are quesrioning the risks. Hospital officials 
argue that the risk of dangerous side effects (life- 
threatening illness and some deaths in IS to 42 
people per million vaccinated) and the possibility 
that the virus could be transmitted to patients out- 
weighed the threat of biological terrorism. 

The last case of smallpox in the world was 
in 1979. Furthermore, the vaccination is 
effective when given four days after 
exposure. VCU's Dr. Richard Wenzel, inter- 
nationally recognized expert on infectious 
diseases and bio-terrorism and chair of 
internal medicine, would begin vacci- 
nadng workers under either of two con- 
ditions — "a case of smallpox anywhere 
in the worid, no matter how remote, 
or a credible imminent danger 
of attack." 



Soprano sax player 
Steve Lacey head- 
lined a star-studded 
night October 28 at a 
gala free concert to 
celebrate real estate magnate 
W.E. Singleton's gift of $2 million to the Jazz 
Studies Program and to name the performing 
arts center in his honor. It was his party, and 
Singleton's handpicked performers included 
singer Rene Marie, The Jimmy Black Tno featuring Steve 
Bassett, and violinist Joe Kennedy Jr. VCU's Jazz Faculty Quartet and 
student Jazz Orchestra 1 led by Jazz Program director Antonio Garcia rounded 
out the expansive evening. "Students will be feeling the electricity for some time," 
Garcia told Style Weekly. 

In October, the VCU Jazz Program released „„„„, system Restructured 
a CD, It Could Happen to You. Veteran New ycyj honor system was restructured, 

York trumpeter Bnan Lynch sits in on two from fall, 2002. Oversight for all 

songs. Stay in the groove at graduate and professional education 

on both campuses is new combined. 

The Academic Campus Honor Council, 
now the Undergraduate Student 
Honor Council, has a higher student 

"This revision moves the University 
closer to a single system, more consis- 
tent standards, and judgment by peers," 
explains Dr Robert Clifton, dean of 
Student Affairs for the MCV Campus 
and VCU Honor System advisor. "The 
Graduate and Professional Student 
Council will be administered completely 
by students from both campuses. Four of 
the seven members of the undergradu- 
ate council will be appointed by the 
provost from a list submitted by the 
Academic Campus Student Government 

Spare Parts 

Procedures like heart bypasses have become rou- 
tinely successful; but patients don't always have 
the spare veins or parts for this and other proce- 
dures. "What's really needed," says Dr. Gary 
Bowlin of VCU's biomedical engineering faculty, 
"is a blood vessel you can pull off the shelf." 

Bowlin and VCU faculty scientists Dr. Gary 
Wnek, from chemical engineering, and Dr. David 
Simpson from anatomy plan to fill the need. Their 
company, NanoMatrix, has a $2 million contract 
from the Advanced Technology Program of the 
National Institute of Standards and Technology to 
make a living vascular implant. 

Using a process called electiospinning, they are 
making tubular scaffolds on which natiiral human 
blood vessels can be grown using collagen and 
elastin, stmctural components of native blood 
vessels. The tubes are as small as one millimeter in 

Smooth muscle cells are "seeded" onto the 
scaffold. Because rejection is not a problem with 
the natural collagen tube, cells multiply; and in 
weeks the engineered blood vessel is ready to 
implant. Ultimately, the body replaces the 
biodegradable collagen and elastin scaffold. 

Applications abound. ER surgeons could make 
urgent repairs faster with pre-made blood vessels. 
In pediatric surgery, these implanted blood vessels 
may possibly grow with the patient; or they can 
replace vessels of diabetic patients damaged by 
vascular disease. The same technology might 
eventually be used to regenerate or replace skin, 
bone, nei^ves, muscles and even repair spinal 
cord injuries, says Wnek. "Anything you want to 
repair can start from a scaffold." 

Practical applications could be commercially 
available within three years. 

Children's Oncology Clinic 

Each month 400 children receive treat- 
ment for cancer and serious blood- 
related illnesses at the VCU Health 
Systems Children's Medical Center. Last 
year, the Association for the Support of 
Children with Cancer (ASK) donated 
$390,000 to design and build a new 
pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. 
The new facility is "a friendly, comfort- 
able and well-equipped place to provide 
care for this special group of children," 
said Dr. E. Clifton Russell, chair of pedi- 
atric hematology/oncology at the Center. 
"We are deeply indebted to ASK." This 
is the only outpatient center in central 
Virginia dedicated to treating children 
with cancer and blood-related diseases. 
ASK supports research on childhood 
cancer at VCU and contributes $1 80,000 
yearly to fund two nurse practitioners, a 
child life therapist art therapist and 
chaplain-counselor for the clinic. 


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Safer Cigarettes? 

Studies at VCU's Clinical Behavioral 
Pharmacology Laboratop/ suggest that 
new cigarettes developed to reduce 
health risks may offer few benefits and 
could introduce new hazards. 

In one study, researchers found that 
Advance, which is cured with new tech- 
nology that reduces levels of carcino- 
genic nitrosamines, did produce 1 1 
percent less carbon monoxide, linked to 
heart disease and other smoking-related 
diseases. However, Advance also deliv- 
ered 25 per-cent more nicotine into the 
bloodstream than conventional ciga- 
rettes — increasing the risk of addiction. 

Another study evaluated Accord and 
Eclipse — cigarette-like devices that 
heat, rather than burn, tobacco. Accord 
delivered less nicotine: and smoker's 
heart rates and carbon monoxide levels 
were lower than with traditional ciga- 
rettes. But it suppressed withdrawal 
symptoms less effectively, so smokers 
may use it more than regular cigarettes 
or continue to use regular cigarettes to 
relieve cravings or feelings of restless- 
ness, impatience or depression. Eclipse 
increased heart rates and suppressed 
withdrawal about the same as conven- 
tional cigarettes, but delivered one third 
more carbon monoxide. Other research 
suggests that Eclipse may contain 
harmful glass fibers not found in regular 

Currently, there's little objective 
research other than VCU's (funded by 
the National Institute on Drug Abuse) to 
evaluate industry claims that new 
tobacco products are safer. The VCU lab- 
oratory is studying pharmacological and 
psychological factors that can help 
reduce people's desire to smoke. 
Smoking is blamed for more than 
400,000 deaths a year in the U.S. 


Hair opened in 1968, an anti-Vietnam 
musical that raised questions about the 
war, the draft, 
racism, drugs, 
and the where- 
abouts of a young 
man named 
Frank Mills. 

"The clothes 
are coming back, 
the music never 
left, and the 
feeling will have 
you smiling as 
you leave the theatre," says guest 
director Barry Bell. And possibly the war 
is coming back. Blessedly, the music 
stayed with us. April 10-13, 16-19(804) 
828-6026 For other arts schedules, see 

VCU French Film Festival 

March 28-30 

James River Film Festival 


Dr. Donelson Forsytli Dr. Robert Colim 


On September 5, 2002 at VCU's annual convocation, the 
University recognized its most distinguished faculty. 

Psychology professor Dr. Donelson Forsyth received 
the University Award of Excellence. A recognized leader in 
curriculum development, mentoring, and learning 
research, Forsyth currently ranks among the top 50 
researchers in the field of psychology. In his 24 years on 
the faculty, Forsyth has taught thousands of undergradu- 
ate and graduate students, winning numerous awards. 
He's written more than 1 00 books, chapters and articles. 
His textbook, Group Dynamics, is definitive for the field. 
Forsyth thanked the many "groups" in his life who have 
helped him achieve success — students, faculty and his 

The Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Robert 
Cohen, professor of psychiatry and director of the Virginia 
Treatment Center for Children [VUC). Cohen is widely rec- 
ognized for his teaching and research, especially in youth 
violence prevention, child and family studies, and emotional 
and behavioral disorders. He developed a Richmond area 
partnership through the VTTC that bnngs together 
providers, children and their families, and community 
agencies. "Balancing quality services with community service — that's the challenge," says Cohen. 
"You've got to make sure you stay connected." 

Dr. James Levenson, professor of psychiatry, medicine and surgen/ was honored with the 
Distinguished Teaching Award. In 20 years at VCU, Levenson has taught medical students, residents and 
fellows. Both students and colleagues see him as particularly skilled at communicating complex psychi- 
atnc information to non-psych iatnc physicians and patients. "I believe teaching is doing," says Levenson. 
" It's vastly more interesting to learn medicine from patients than books. " 

Dr. Hadis Morko9, professor of electrical engineering and the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium, 
received the Distinguished Scholarship Award. Morkog is considered one of the top 20 scientists in 
the world. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, 
the Department of Energy, the International Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, 
as well as foreign governments and funding agencies. Morkog holds a U.S. patent for the device crucial 
to reducing the home satellite receiver from 14 feet in diameter to 14 inches. The device is used in 
cell phones, automotive collision avoidance systems, automatic toll systems and base-to-satellite 
communications applications. 

Dr. fames Le\'eiison Dr. Hadis Morkog 


VCU Rams Men's Soccer Team beat William & 
Mary to become 2002 Colonial Athletic 
Association champions, VCU led the CAA with 1 1 
shutouts and 0.95 goals against average. In the 
tough final game, the unexpected hero was 
Milorad Djordjevic, a senior defender who made 
the game-winning goal, "It was a great feeling," 
said Djordjevic, "especially knowing the fact that 1 
have been playing here for three years, 
and prior to this game I've played sixty 
games without scoring." 

"This was one of our goals at the 
beginning of the year," said Head Coach 
Tim O'SuUivan, Virginia Division 1 Men's 
Soccer State Coach for 2002, and CAA 
Coach of the Year. "In the finals last 
year, we lost to James Madison." This 
year, senior midfielder Carlos Garay and 
senior defender Milorad Djordjevic both 
earned All-Region and All-Academic 
honors. Three players earned all- 
academic honors, four had All-Region 
honors, five had Virginia Sports 
Infomiation Directors honors, six All- 
CAA honors; VCU had one Academic 
All-American and one CAA defensive 
player of the year. 

As CAA champions, the Rams advanced 
automatically to the NCAA tournament, seeded 
eighth out of 48 teams. "The exciting thing about 
this is that the countiry recognizes the quality of 
team you are," O'Sullivan told the team. VCU 
persevered to the second round. After regulation 
play and tw'O overtimes ended in a scoreless tie, 
Furman University edged VCU, 4-2, in a penalty 
kick shootout. 

Milorad Djordjevii. 

Carlos Garay 

S H A F E R 


Guggenheim Focus 

Elizabeth King, a member of VCU's sculpture 
faculty since 1985, was named one of 184 
Guggenheim Fellows for 2002. VCU matched the 
Guggenheim Foundation grant, designed to give 
recipients financial freedom to focus on their work 
for a year. The Fellowship recognizes King's work 
in video installation. 

As an artist, her broad objective is to bring 
the physical object and its filmed animation 
together in a shared enviromiient, "to challenge 
the boundary between actual and virtual space." 
She will exhibit new pieces in early 2004 at Kent 
Gallery in New York. 

King's work is in the permanent collections of 
the Hirshhorn Museum, the Los Angeles County 
Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in 
Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 
New York City. For a sample of her work on video, 
see the online arts journal. Blackbird, a collabora- 
tion of VCU and the New Virginia Review: King's book. Attention's 
Loop (A Sculptor's Re\'erie on the Coexistence of 
Substance and Spirit), was published in 1999 by 
Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 

Do you know where your 
metadata are? 

The 9th International Working Conference on 
Reverse Engineering (WCRE) met at VCU in 
October. Dr. Peter Aiken '82BS '85MS/B, VCU 
associate professor of information systems and 
conference chair, reports 70 representatives 
came from 14 countries for the major research 
conference in this field. 

For most existing systems, Aiken explains, 
there is no documentation or "blueprint" to guide 
the work — so companies, agencies and schools, 
don't understand their systems well enough to 
modify them to support their goals. When organi- 
zations store data in poorly defined structures, 
they can't make the systems produce information 
they know is there so they can use it. 
"Organizations spend 20% of their IT budgets on 
these kinds of data problems." Aiken says. 

"Reverse" engineering starts with the finished 
product and backtracks to find underlying struc- 
tures, architectures, and other important informa- 
tion. At this working conference, reverse engineers 
pool their findings, in order to develop blueprints 
and modify systems to fimction effectively. 
"Building this understanding can save time, 
money, and even lives," Aiken says. For example 
during Desert Storm, "two of the four Services 
'lost' troops deployed to the Gulf because their 
systems could not process overseas location 

Recent conferences have attracted great 
interest from government agencies involved in 

anti-terrorist work, Aiken says. "Research shared at 
WCRE may help integrate and improve agency 
systems to make Americans safer. To create the 
new Homeland Security Agency, the government 
"will have to link literally thousands of databases." 
If it works, vital data will no longer slip through 
the technological cracks. 

There is potential for abuse of course; reverse 
technology could be used for hacking or for gov- 
ernment surveillance of citizens as well as against 
criminals or terrorists. But Aiken points out that 
organizations use reverse engineering to create 
technological seairity against hacking. 

He adds, "When I was with the Department of 
Defense, we set several very important legal prece- 
dents to insure that organizational access to their 
own property rights was protected. And most 
software licensing agreements prohibit the user 
from reverse engineering the software." 


Advertising firebrand Rick Boyko is leaving his job 
as co-president and chief creative officer of Ogiivy 
& Mather Woridwide, Inc. Starting July 1, He'll be 
firing up students at VCU's acclaimed graduate 
Adcenter program as its managing director. "I do 
challenge people to challenge themselves," Boyko 
told AdWeek. "I don't let up." 

"Rick Boyko is at the top of his game now as 
one of the world's leading advertising creative 
directors, heading one of the industry's most 
renowned and accomplished creative depart- 
ments," says Mike Hughes, president and creative 
director of the Martin Agency in Richmond and 
chair of the Adcenter Board. 

Boyko has created ads for major brands includ- 
ing Nike, United Airlines, Pizza Hut, American 
Express and Duracell. "Every serious professional 
in the business already studies Rick's work," says 
Hughes, "For a relatively small group of graduate 
students to have daily access to such an accom- 
plished professional is probably unprecedented in 
advertising education." 

Boyko will take over from Judy VanSlyke Turk, 
director of VCU's School of Mass Communica- 
tions, who has filled the gap since previous direc- 
tor Patty Alvey left VCU's Adcenter July 1, 2002. 


P.S. I Love You 

For their study, "PS: I Love You: Long 
Distance Care-Giving," VCU social work 
faculty members Or. Marcia Harrigan 
and Dr. Beverly Koerin analyzed data 
from a 1997 survey of family caregivers 
of older adults by the National Alliance 
for Caregiving and the American 
Association of Retired Persons. The 
original study included 109 long distance 
caregivers at least two hours away from 
the care receiver. 

The majority were women (56%), 
married (65%), middle-aged, and 
employed (71 %). Typically they were 
caring for a parent around 78 years old, 
with a chronic illness; 21% had 
Alzheimer's Disease. Caregiving was 
usually shared (89%), a situation that 
can lead to misunderstandings between 
local and long distance caregivers. Yet, 
Harrigan says, "More than two-thirds of 
caregivers in our study reported no 
family conflict. This suggests that we 
need further research into the views of 
both local and distant caregivers." 

Harrigan and Koerin found that the 
emotional toll of being separated from 
an ailing parent outweighs the financial 
difficulty of making visits home. Also, 
increasingly, long distance caregivers 
are men. 

Sixty-one percent of employed care- 
givers had at least one negative job 
impact, such as taking a leave, arriving 
late, or changing work status to meet 
the recipient's needs. Over half of them 
had given up leisure activities and vaca- 
tions; one-third had less time with other 
family members. Rewards included a 
sense of family loyalty and "giving back" 
to the care recipient. 

Harrigan adds, "We also know that 
many people provide unacknowledged 
long distance care and may not even 
define themselves as 'caregivers.' 
Consequently, they may not find the 
supports that they need," 

They've presented their work 
at national and international confer- 
ences, and their article appears in the 
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 
this spring. 

VCU student anchors, reporters, producers and production technicians are produc- 
ing a new, monthly public affairs program broadcast on WCVW Richmond PBS, 
Channel 57. VCU InSight is a half hour featuring the latest University events and 
research, and profiles of VCU students, faculty and alumni. 

The show gives students "invaluable experience" while exposing Central 
Virginia "to some of the terrific things going on at the University," says Judy 
VanSlyke Turk, director of the School of Mass Communications. Using all new 
digital cameras, the student 
team is working from the 
School's television studio. 
WCVW provides technical 
guidance and access to station 

VCU InSight a\ts the third 
Monday of every month at 7:30 
pm, repeating the following 
Sunday. The show's website- 
www, — gives 
budding pnnt journalists a crack 
at multi-media reporting. 



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Retchin Directs VCU Health System 

In June, Dr. Hermes Kontos will step down as director of the VCU Health System. 
Dr. Sheldon Retchin will take his place as CEO of the health system and VCU vice 
president for health sciences, effective July 1 , 2003. 

Dr. Kontos is a professor of internal medicine nationally recognized for his 
research in cerebrovascular physiology. Since his arrival here 40 years ago, Kontos 
has served the University ably and whole-heartedly. He has been chair of cardiolo- 
gy and acting chair of pathology and internal medicine. He was dean of the VCU 
School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences. He became CEO of the 
VCU Health System Authority in 2000, where he led strategic planning and legisla- 
tive efforts that created the VCU Health System and then implemented a new, 
unified governance and management structure, unique among most academic 
medical centers. 

Dr. Retchin is a national expert in health policy and health care delivery who 
has been at VCU for 20 years. He has served as VCUHS senior executive vice 
president and COO since 2000. As president of MCV Physicians, he reorganized 
that group to bridge hospital and physician practice operations. 

"I'm delighted with the opportunity to lead the VCU Health System and the 
medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University," he says. "I look forward 
to many years of continued growth in research, educational innovations and 
clinical excellence." 

Wenzel Leads MCV Physicians 

The VCU Health System Board appointed Dr. Richard Wenzel as president of MCV 
Physicians, the 600 physician practice that includes School of Medicine faculty and 
medical staff for VCU Health Systems. Wenzel will help direct an aggressive effort 
to make operational and fiscal improvements throughout the VCU Health System. 
Chair of internal medicine at VCU since 1 995, Wenzel is a renowned authority 
on infectious diseases and is the first editor-at-large of the New England Journal of 
Medicine. At VCU, Wenzel developed the first division of quality health care in 
academic medicine and formed a broader leadership structure for the department 
of internal medicine. With department and division leaders, Wenzel will reorganize 
VCU Health Systems to better support clinical care, research and education. 

His work continues restructuring begun by 
his predecessor, Dr. Sheldon Retchin. During 
Retchin's nine years as president, MCV 
Physicians consolidated nearly two dozen inde- 
pendent practice plans to a single practice group 
with central billing, collections, insurance con- 
tracting and administration. 

KaK rioEMb PeKopA* 

Using data amassed during years of Olympic- 
training research in the former Soviet Union, 
Riclimond entrepreneur Sergei Beliaev 'OlMBA has 
created Super Sports Systems LLC. TLie system aims 
to "optimize the ability of each individual body to 
achieve its best performance," Beliaev told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

A former member of the all-Russia junior cycling 
team, Beliaev came to the U.S. in 1990 as a nine- 
month visiting professor at VCU, focusing on inter- 
national sports administration. He stayed, earned a 
VCU MBA, and has started a business in the "com- 
mercialization of Russian sports knowledge to the 

Athletes enter personal information (age, gender, 
height, weight, heart rate, personal bests) and per- 
fonnance goals. Using algorithms and Soviet 
research, the system produces training regimens 
tailored to reach the athlete's goals witiiin a time 
frame. In the photo, he's leaning on VCU's System 
3 Biodex machine, which tests the functional 
capacity of limbs, at the Sports Medicine 

"How to Beat the Record 

And the World Turns. . . 
to Shafer Court 

The CBS soap opera As the World Turns 
went on the road this fall, filming scenes 
at VCU and nine otlier college 
campuses. The road trip was part of its 
"Catch Us If You Can" tour, an effort to 
boost the 47 -year-old show's ratings 
with younger viewers. 

The tour was also a great opportuni- 
ty for fledgling actors. "Part of the 
reason we went on tour was to see 
talent that didn't come from Los Angeles 
or New Yorl<," said director Christopher 
Goutman. "We wanted to escape our 
ivory soap tower." 

VCU students Sean Hemeon (in 
photo, above, with star Peyton List, 
"Lucy Montgomery"), Theo Ellis, and TJ. 
Simmons competed with over 350 other 
hopefuls in a Richmond casting call to 
win speaking roles on the show. "Of 
course, I'm hopeful for connections," 
said Hemeon, a sophomore theatre 
major. "It's all just really exciting." VCU 
hit the Worldon Tuesday, November 19. 

"Unlocking the Visual Language" 

"Through my work with these two groups of students [black 
and white] I've come to believe that it is crucial to understand 
how we see one another. For me, [the "Black SelfAVhite Self" 
project] produces images that are at once mysterious and 
stunning in their clarity." 

Photographer Wendy Ewald has taught children aU over 
the worid— on Canadian Native American reservations, in 
Columbia, South America, in India— to use photography to 
examine their cultural experiences, even on difficult issues Uke 
race. She presented "Secret Games: Photography, Literacy and 

Community," Ln November, part of 
"Literature, Crisis and Community," 
series sponsored by the EngUsh 
Department and the Honors Program, 
and funded by the National 
Endowment for the Humanities. 

Black Self/White Self, Ewald and Antonio 
Gunter, Durham, NC, 1995; Nadme Holding 
Her Daughter, Ewald, Saudi Arabia, 1997. 



It was around 9 p.m. on a Saturday 
night in October when an ambu- 
lance crew at the scene of a 
shooting outside an Ashland, 
Virginia restaurant radioed VCU 
Health System's MCV Hospitals in 
downtown Richmond. As an EMT 
described the victim's status, the 
triage nurse rated this a "delta" 
emergency, the most serious. A 
patient with the direst injuries 
was about to roll through the 
Emergency Room doors. MCVH 
is a Level 1, the highest level 
trauma center, ready for the 
worst emergencies. 

In seconds, phones lit up, 
pagers and cell phones beeped and 
buzzed. Critical care nurse Nancy 
Martin assembled the trauma 
team. A surgical team materialized 
as hospital personnel whisked the 
victim up several floors to a 
waiting operating room. 

This was not only a critical 
trauma case. There was more. 
Police immediately suspected that 
this shooting was related to nine 
others (seven fatal) by "the sniper" 
who had been terrorizing the 1-95 
corridor for almost three weeks. 
Although the sniper had not yet 
ventured so far south, the modus 
operandi was unmistakable: one 
clear, crisp rifle crack from a 
wooded hiding place. People all 
over the world had been following 
these shootings, in pity, in fear 
and in hope that he would soon 
be stopped. 

When VCU's Director of 
University News Services Pam 
Lepley arrived at 9:30 p.m., trucks 
from the international press, led 
by CNN and MSNBC, had already 
pulled up. Correspondents from all 
the local and most national media 
outlets were on site to get the 
news as it happened. 

Fortunately for the victim. Dr. 
Rao Ivatury, director of trauma. 

critical care and emergency surgery 
at MCVH, was there. Ivatury is an 
expert on penetrating trauma 
injury, a piercing of the body by 
an outside agent: bullet, knife or 
any foreign object. 

When surgeons opened the 
victim's stomach, they saw exten- 
sive damage. A .223-caliber bullet 
traveling about 2,000 miles per 
hour shattered on impact, sending 
bullet fragments shearing through 
the man's intestines and stomach, 
blowing apart his pancreas and 
nicking a kidney. 

Ivatury knew that step one in 
such a critical situation is to stabi- 
lize the patient. Working quickly to 
stanch the blood, Ivatury removed 
the spleen, part of the stomach and 
part of the pancreas. Then he 
stopped. He would repair the rest of 
the damage the next day, after the 
patient's body had time to re-stabi- 
lize from the initial trauma and 
surgery. That decision was crucial to 
saving the man's life. 

Although he's quick to share 
the credit, colleagues say that 
Ivatury pioneered the "timeout" 
concept of stabilize first, repair 
later — the procedure used in hospi- 
tals and taught in medical schools 
and conferences around the world. 
Before, penetrating trauma 
wounds were often fatal. If a 
patient survived the initial injury, 
he was guaranteed many hours of 
immediate surgery — necessary to 
saving the life, but often leaving 
the patient too depleted to fight 
the battle to survive. 

"When someone is bleeding 
inside, they need immediate 
surgery to stop the bleeding," says 
Ivatury. "Once the bleeding is 
stopped, you can start stabilizing 
them in other ways." 

In the second surgery 16 hours 
later, surgeons removed the bullet 
fragment. As one ER nurse 
observed, "[The victim's] body was 
a crime scene." Emergency Room 
nurses and physicians at MCVH 
are trained by homicide detectives 
to retrieve ballistics evidence, 
helping to save more lives. "They 

Dr. Rao Ivahiiy 

know how to handle a bullet," 
said Page Verlander, director of 
emergency nursing. Before foren- 
sics specialists began to educate 
ER teams treating victims, a physi- 
cian, focused on treating the 
patient, might remove a bullet 
and throw it away. 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 
agents sped the evidence to a 
national ballistics lab in Rockville, 
Maryland. Minute scratches made 
when a bullet travels down a gun 
barrel can link it to the gun that 
fired it — even on a fragment as 
small as two square millimeters, 
the Washington Post reported. 
Tests did link this victim to the 
other shootings on the East Coast. 
Finally, two snipers were captured 
in October, apparently responsible 
for the East Coast deaths as well 
as more murders in other parts of 
the country. 

From the first, Ivatury was opti- 
mistic about his patient's chances. 
"Since he is a very healthy man, 
and still young, the chances are 
fair to good," he had told the 
international press. After three 
more surgeries for repairs, the 
victim left the hospital November 
20, 2002, his recovery on track. 

Lisa Antonelli Bacon has written for the 
New York Times, Interior Design and 
Richmond's Style Weekly. 

SPRING 7 2003 


Dr. John Fenn 

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2002 

John B. Fenn, left, receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry from King Carl Giistafof 
Sweden, right, during a ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday 
December 10, 2002. Fenn shares tlie prize witii Koichi Tanaka, Japan and Kurt 
Wuethrich, Switzerland. (AP photo/Henrik Montgomery) 


"There's an awful lot of luck in this," 
insisted VCU's Dr. John Fenn on the 
day he heard that he had won the 
Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Fenn, 85, 
is a VCU research professor in the 
Department of Chemistry, an affili- 
ate professor in the Chemical 
Engineering Program, and one of 
three recipients of the prize. 

"In fact, there's a lot of luck in 
science," he continued, speaking at a 
news conference at VCU's Irani 
Center for Life Sciences. "To succeed 
as a theorist, you have to be good. To 
succeed as an experimentalist, you 
only have to be lucky. As an experi- 
mentalist, you can go through life 
kicking over a lot of stones, and, if 
you're lucky, you'll find something." 

Fenn's description of the work 
that won the prize is typically whim- 
sical and direct. "I made 'elephants' 
fly." Fenn is being honored for his 
contribution in mass spectrometry. 
He devised a breakthrough tech- 
nique for analyzing large molecules, 
such as can be found in human cells. 
Charged droplets containing large 
molecules are produced. The droplets 
shrink as the water evaporates, 
leaving freely hovering molecular 
ions (the largest ions, the "ele- 
phants," can be DNA, RNA and 
others). The weights of these ions 
can be determined by setting them 
in motion and measuring their time 
of flight over a known distance. 

Fenn described his Electrospray 
Ionization (ESI) technique in 1988 
and published a seminal paper the 
next year in Science. It's used in labo- 


ratories around the world to quickly 
reveal the contents of a sample. The 
technique has increased the pace of 
drug development, could lead to 
quicker cancer diagnosis, and is 
being applied in the new field of pro- 
teomics, in which scientists attempt 
to map the interactions of tens of 
thousands of different protein cells 
in the human body. 

"John Fenn's contributions to the 
science of analyzing proteins move 
us one step closer to discovery of 
important medicines that will help 
thousands of people one day," said 
VCU's President, Dr. Eugene Irani. 
"We're proud to have him on the 
research faculty at VCU." 

After earning his Ph.D. at Yale 
University in 1940, Fenn worked in 
industry at Monsanto Co. and other 
companies. From 1945 to 1952 he 
worked on jet engines here in 
Richmond. In 1959, he became 
director of the U.S. Navy's Project 
SQUID, researching jet propulsion at 
Princeton University, where he was 
professor of aerospace and mechani- 
cal sciences. In 1967 Professor Fenn 
went to Yale and spent more than 20 
years teaching and doing research in 
applied science and chemistry and 
chemical engineering. VCU 
Chemistry Chair Dr. Fred Hawkridge 
explains that all Fenn's diverse expe- 
riences have been "a progression of 
studies, all involving gas phase 

Fenn has been a visiting professor 
at Trento University in Italy, the 
University of Tokyo, the Indian 
Institute of Science at Bangalore and 
the Chinese Academy of Science in 
Beijing. Since 1949, he has published 
more than 100 papers and chapters 
in textbooks, almost all of them 
reflecting what he called in his Nobel 
acceptance speech "my long, and 
still ardent, affair with molecular 
beam technology." 

If Fenn has been lucky, so has 
VCU. The future Laureate was in the 
midst of his Nobel-winning research 
when he hit Yale's mandatory retire- 
ment at 70. Yale appointed him 
emeritus professor with an office, but 
no lab space. After his wife of 53 

years died in an automobile 
accident, Fenn started looking for lab 
space elsewhere. 

At a meeting in California, Fenn 
ran into Dr. Vicky Wysocki — then 
on VCU's chemistry faculty — and 
asked if VCU might have lab space 
for him. He still had many friends in 
Richmond; he had even given a 
seminar at VCU during his Yale 
years. On its part, the Department 
jumped at the chance to bring him 
to campus, and Fenn moved back to 
Richmond in 1994. 

In his current research at VCU, 
Fenn works with two graduate 
students to better understand 
Electrospray Ionization. "Although 
ESI is now in daily use all over the 
world," he explains on his website, 
"its component processes and mech- 
anisms, especially the dispersion of 
the sample liquid into charged 
droplets and the formation of gas 
phase ions from those droplets, are 
poorly understood." 

His lab also performs ultra trace 
analysis of environmental contami- 
nants and plans to develop a 
portable instrument to detect biolog- 
ical pollutants in the air. They are 
also looking at the affinities of 
proteins for water and the ways that 
peptides bind together. The team has 
developed a method to quantify a 
protein's affinity for water, an 
advance with great potential for 
pharmaceuticals. Peptides, segments 

Graduate student Steve Nguyen spreads 
the news about his mentor, John Fenn. 

of proteins, are often active ingredi- 
ents in medications. To be effective 
in the human body, the peptides 
must dissolve in water. 

Fenn considers VCU's Chemistry 
Department "very coUegial," a 
description anyone would apply to 
him as well. He's "an incredible 
inspiration," to students and to 
faculty, says Hawkridge. "Even with 
his impressive academic credentials, 
and now a Nobel Prize, he talks with 
everyone — students, staff, faculty — 
with never a hint of condescension." 
At departmental seminars, "you can 
bet he wiU be active in asking ques- 
tions, never to embarrass, but rather 
to learn." 

Fenn enjoys his graduate 
students. Too often, he says, 
teaching "goes from the notebook of 
the teacher to the notebook of the 
student without going through the 
heads of either one of them." In the 
laboratory, he and his students learn 
from each other. "They argue with 
me and that's a good thing. That 
means they're thinking. I'm not 
always right — just most of the time," 
he smiles. He'd like to give his 
students a sense of scientific curiosi- 
ty, a willingness to try new things, 
and the confidence not to be easily 
discouraged. "Research is in many 
ways an end in itself." 

Graduate student Steve Nguyen 
has told friends and family ever since 
he started working with Fenn that 
the Nobel Prize was inevitable. "Dr. 
Fenn is a great research advisor," says 
Nguyen. "He emphasizes that we 
should think in small steps. He also 
emphasizes the importance of 
writing; because no matter how big 
your discoveries are, you have to be 
able to write well to transmit the 
information to other people." 

Nguyen says his mentor "has 
taught me to observe and think 
more critically." The two of them 
were driving home together once 
when a car stopped suddenly in 
front of them. The incident brought 
out Fenn the scientist-environmen- 
talist, who commented on the detri- 
mental effects of the tiny rubber par- 
ticulates released into the air. 

(Continued on page 26) 

SPRING 9 2003 

he Lufthansa Airbus gently 

set down on the mnway in 

Bologna, Italy on October 1. In 
\ the terminal we met our tour 

director, Chiara Bracolonia. On 

the motor coach ride from 
:g,E Bologna the rolling hills and 
mountains of Tuscany reminded me 
of Virginia's Roanoke Valley graced 
with olive groves and vineyards. 

Chiara, a native Tuscan with 15 
years experience in the travel industry, 
expertly noted each scenic vista, 
reviewed the geography of the region, 
and outlined our week ahead — ending 
each explanation with her trademark: "You 
have a question for me?" (She always had 
the answer.) 

Our destination and home for the next 
six days was the VUla Tavolese in the small town of Marciella, 
population 900. Justine Staples, traveling with an alumna, 
summed it up. "VUla Tavolese was lovely and the food delicious. 
I felt peaceful and serene in the countryside where we stayed. 
It was my favorite impression of Italy." 

Our Alumni College in Chianti opened officially with a 
reception on the tenace, accented by a gorgeous sunset over the 
Elsa Valley. Forty-six tired but enthusiastic people (half VCU 
alumni and friends and half from 

■^ nmriters('«^'^'' 

U Perm) met to share a 
week learning about Tuscany and its 
people. Like Sonia Quinones '81MSW we felt, "My hip to Italy was o 
a dream come true. It was especially delightful to share this great 
experience with such a group of friendly and enthusiastic alumni." s J 

The week sped by pronto (fast!). Each morning began with a 
buffet breakfast followed by a short educational presentation and 
then our excursion for the day, usually less than 45 minutes 
away. Once there, we experienced what we had learned about, 
visiting churches, museums, a winery, and always a bit of time 
for shopping. All the while we were absorbing the blend of history and 
modem Italy that is life within the old walls of ancient Tuscan towns. Some of 
us even attended an Italian wedding in our adopted town. 


f^'^^t Villa Tavolese. 


We visited old two fortress towns, Certaldo witli its 
exceptionally high walls and towers and San 
Gimignano. I wondered how people could live in 
these old and historic buildings that as tourist sites 
would likely be untouched by modem times. Then a 
school bus honked, edged its way through our group 
and stopped to drop off children whose mothers 
were waiting, snacks in hand. So, life goes on. 

Florence is a city full of life, tourists and Vespas 
(motorbikes). The streets are narrow and the side- 
walks narrower. Dodging Vespas (and pigeons) 

was a skill we acquired early. I especial- 
ly enjoyed the life in the streets, 
with people everywhere and the city's 
beauty always on display. One mem- 
orable vista is across the River Amo from 
Michelangelo Square to the Duomo and 
the PonteVecchio. Many of us were so 
struck by Florence that we 


returned on our 
leisure day. Not a 
moment of our trip was wasted. The 
efficient Chiara made reservations for us so we wouldn't 
have to wait in line at the Ufizzi or Academia Museums; 
we just arrived on time and walked in. 

Chiara was an amazing yet typical example of the 
professionalism of European guides. She was with us 

SPRING 11 2003 

The cry reverberates across the stands and pandemoni- 
um sets in. NASCAR fans leap to their feet as the high- 
speed racecars roll off the line. Blood races through veins 
and hearts beat to the rhythm of the track. Drivers and 
fans are in sync as the excitement builds. 

Out of the 75 million fans that watch NASCAR, 
making it second only to the NFL in television ratings, 
approximately 40 million are hard core fans, connected 
in spirit and competition to a specific driver. The loyalty 
that NASCAR fans exhibit is something celebrities, politi- 
cians and NASCAR sponsors dream of. 

Draming on his Passion 

No one knows that better than Sam Bass '84BFA. Bass is 
NASCAR's first officially licensed artist. From the racers 

that roar around the 
track to limited edition 
prints and souvenir 
race Programs, to Les 
Paul guitars and an 
Elmo from Sesame 
Street car, the brush- 
strokes of Bass have 
made a name in the 
racing industry, as well 
as the corporate world. 
His 3,500 square-foot 
gallery in North 
Carolina features hundreds of his originals, prints and 

A native of Hopewell, Virginia, Bass attended his first 
race at 6, the same age he started drawing and painting. 
"My uncles were very much into the sport and took me 
to Southside Speedway," he says. "That's where it aU 
started. From the minute I got there, it seemed like a 
natural for me." 

Years later, Bass, drove to races around the circuit, fol- 
lowing Bobby Allison — with his brothers part of the 
mythic "Alabama Gang" who built their own cars in 
their garages and raced them on primitive tracks. In 
1981, at a garage at Talladega Superspeedway, his hero 
worship morphed into an art career. 

"I think it was the hottest day of the year," Bass 
recalls, "and I stood in the sun trying to convince this 
security guard to let me in. After about three hours, he let 
me go through the gate with this enormous painting 1 

was hoping to get signed by Bobby and his crew. Well, 

they loved it, and so did the PR guys for DarreU Waltrip 
and Terry Labonte, because I got two more commissions 
that day. 1 began to think, 'Maybe I can do this for a 

That same year Paul Sawyer, owner of Richmond 
International Raceway took the time to look at Bass' 
artwork and invited him to display his work in the track's 
media center during the next race. "That was one of the 
ways to get to the drivers and folks like Dale Earnhardt, 
who was instrumental in helping me with my career," 
Bass says. 

Bass credits a missed opportunity to work in the 
federal government's art department as his stepping- 
stone to becoming a motorsports illustrator. "It was a 
setback when, due to red tape, that job didn't materialize 
for me," Bass recalls. "I had just graduated with a degree 
in fine arts from VCU, and I thought, 'There goes my big 
chance to draw and paint for a living.'" He had no 
inkling that his love of painting and his passion for 
NASCAR would meld into a prosperous career. But they 
did, thanks to the growing popularity of the sport. 

NASCAR hasn't always been the attraction it is today. 
At the first NASCAR-sanctioned race in 1948, fans 
cheered for the stock cars that roared around a dirt track. 
NASCAR's popularity grew after super speedways like 
Daytona Beach were buUt in the late '50s and early '60s. 
Television boosted it even further in 1979 when CBS 
televised the Daytona 500 in its entirety. Today NASCAR 
is full throttle with 2,200 events, including 12 different 
racing series in 39 states across the country. 

"The competition is where it begins and ends with 
NASCAR," says Dee Scott, managing director of licensing 
for NASCAR. "The fans' loyalty is a key factor in why the 
brand is attractive to different companies." 

Drivers have earned celebrity status not only with 
their fans but also with the media. Last year, NASCAR 
Champion Jeff Gordon was named one of the 2002 GQ 
Men of the Year, alongside celebrities like Denzel 
Washington and Hugh Grant. There's no doubt these 
cover guys are stars, but they are anything but distant. 
Drivers are as devoted to their fans as fans are to them. 
When a series is at the local track, it's not unusual for a 
driver to make an appearance at a nearby Kmart, signing 
autographs and posing for photos. 

"The personalities are the key," says Scott. "We have 
a great mix of young drivers and a good stable of 
seasoned veterans. It's a mix of talent." Bass's program 


cover for the UAW-GM Quality 500 race at Lowe's Motor 
Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina illustrates the 
battle between NASCAR's "Young Guns" and its estab- 
lished drivers. "In 2002, it was aU about young and eager 
versus mature and experienced," Bass says. "That's the 
image I was shooting for with 'Draw!'" 

"Sam has a love for the sport," says Ryan Gililland, 
licensing coordinator for NASCAR. "Things he gets 
excited about are translated through his work. The 
impact he has through design work on cars translates to 
products and the fans' experience. He's had a positive 
impact on the sport." 

Scott agrees. "Sam has great vision. He saw things 
unfolding eight years ago. He's very creative and profes- 
sional, and he's the nicest guy. He's a total asset to this 

Bass says his career highlight came in 1997 when he 
was asked to design the paint scheme for the late Dale 

Earnhardt's car. The artwork 
and original drawings were 
used on the Wheaties box. "It 
was a special day, a tremen- 
dous accomplishment for an 
athlete to have his likeness on 
Wheaties," Bass says. 'Tt was 
special for me to share that 
honor with him." 

Another highlight: 
Designing the paint scheme 
for Jeff Gordon's Rainbow 
Warrior car in 1992 and his 
2001 edition Fire and Flames 
car. On a personal note, Bass 
says his designs for Jeff 

Checkered nag for UCU! 

In a blaze of black and gold, VClTs own racecar will be 


In a blaze of black and gold, VCUs own racecar will be 
running in at least one of the NASCAR Winston Cup 
Series races. VCD will compete alongside UPS, Tide and 
Valvoline through Team Virginia, a marketing partnership 
with Sadler Motorsports. ' 

VCU, Virginia Tech, UVA James Madison and VMI 
have joined the team. Each school will have its own 
"team" car, driven by Hermie Sadler, competing in a 
selected race. VCU will also have its own line of 

IVCU/NASCAR merchandise to offer to students, faculty, i 
staff, alumni and fans. 
Major funding for Team Virginia cars will be the paid 
membership-based website: 
' Along with great TeamVA merchandise, members get 
up-to-the minute news about the team, unique access to 
promotions and exclusive interactive web content. i 

Profits on all related merchandise will be split 50-50 
,:_ between Sadler Motorsports and VCU, and each school 
^ may sell associate sponsorships on its car to earn more 
«^ ^55 J revenue. Help VCU go for the checkered flag! Log on and 
r-'^v i-rjj join at ■■ 

Gordon's "Elmo" car stand out in his mind. "\ have a 2- 
year-old daughter and this is the greatest thing that Dad 
will ever do. It's just a super thing to go to work every 
day and have a great time at work. This is something I 
am going to be doing for a long time to come." 


John Miska '97BA/H&S, is also wrapped up in the 
NASCAR experience. Miska is a freelance technician for 
the production companies that work with networks like 
ABC, NBC, CBS and ESPN to produce sporting events. In 
more than 20 years in the field, Miska's jobs have ranged 
from production management to camera work and 
audio. The technical aspects of putting NASCAR on the 
air are tremendous. 

"You've got from six to 16 hard cameras with long 
lenses around the racetrack and sometimes as many as 
24," Miska explains. "You have two or three handheld 
cameras on Pit row. You have in-car 
cameras and 30 to 40 discreet video 
feeds. You've got statisticians working 
with graphic artists to create the 
graphics that are layered on the feed." 
And that's just the beginning. Add 
commentators with wireless mikes, 
sound, an intercom network, video- 
tape operations and more. "You could 
have a crew from 20 to 100 people 
putting together that race," Miska 
says. "It's aU like tributaries coming 
into the main body of the program — 
the image on the screen and the 
sounds you hear." 


\ Hud 





Dak Earnhardt Jran^JeffGordotif 
NASCAR^s^maSFpopular drivers, li„ 
for the flash of green flag to start the Checker Auto 
Parts SOOK at Phoenix International Raceway. 

SPRING 13 2003 


Miska travels aaoss the country with different 
sporting events. And, he has stories to tell— like the time 
he was a cameraman doing handhelds in the stands 
when a flaming car flipped tlirough the air. "The flames 
singed my hair and beard," he recalls. "I saw the picture 
in Sports Illustrated and saw my shadow." 

Miska's memories are many and range from tales of 
Davy Allison to Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt. At 
one NASCAR race, he had to vouch for Richard Petty. 
"He'd come to the track for a television interview and 
had forgotten his credentials," Miska says. "The guard 
wouldn't let him in. I had to vouch for him and get him 
through the gate for the interviews." Another time he 
saw Petty's car flip end over end and land right in front 
of him. 

A standout is his first meeting with his friend Dale 
Earnhardt. Miska was working at Charlotte, now Lowe's 
Motor Speedway, and had to aawl through the drainage 
sewer to pull cables. As he tried to pull himself up and 
out of the grate, he heard voices and called for help. 
Earnhardt came over and asked, "What the hell are you 
doing there? Are you a sewer rat?" The name stuck and 
Earnhardt jokingly refened to that incident many times. 

Across the country and across the years, Miska has 
worked with NASCAR drivers, pit crew and owners. He 
counts the Richard Childress racing corporation (spon- 
soring the Dale Earnhardt team and others), and the 
Sawyers, who owned Richmond International Raceway, 
as longtime friends. 

H Dangerous Sport 

Stock car racing is a sport with its hazards, even for the 
fans. KeUey Rumsey '96BS 'OOMS 'OlCert/N manages a 
different kind of pit stop. She helps coordinate health 
services at the outfield spectator care center at the 
Richmond Raceway. "We have responsibility to provide 

urgent medical services for more than 100,000 people," 
she explains. During the race, there is also an infield care 
center for the drivers and additional first-aid stands, 
linked to EMS teams and ambulances positioned around 
the racetrack. "We make the decision whether to trans- 
port fans who become ill to the hospital or bring them to 
the care center where we can do minor emergency care." 

It's aU her husband's fault, Rumsey jokes. "He's a 
huge NASCAR fan and I would come with him." Her 
race day hours run from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. "We have 
to stay open one hour after the checkered flag," she 

The fall 2002 race in Richmond was extremely busy. 
"We ti:eated a lot of dehydration, falls, and we had some 
serious concems like heart problems, allergic reactions, 
overbeveraglng and alcohol-related events. We saw a 
total of 60 patients." Medical services are provided free. 
"People tiy to offer us money for Tylenol, and so on." 
She smUes. "Some teU us we are the best deal on 
tiie hack." 

Rumsey marvels that fans "don't want to give up the 
chance to see the race even when they have a medical 
problem." That's the level of commitment NASCAR gen- 
erates. Visual flash and media hype have fueled the 
sport's tiemendous growth and national reach. America 
is enthralled with NASCAR, and VCU alumni have 
helped build the excitement. 

Joan Tupponce is the editor of 
Scarab, tJie alumni magazine for 
VCU's MCV Campus, and a careful 
driver. Learn more about Sam Bass 


S H A F E R 


from a nearby alumni reumon " '"''" 


"At Radfo^ we got nuUed?'"^"- " 

we were-50 of us and a keg " ^'^'^ 

., *vrn Rugby's Old Boys. 1 
Vleet VCU Kuguy ^^ ^^^ 

watched then match ast Ap , 

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and Bdvidere. Each spnngsm^ 

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VCU Rugby Cluhtejw^^^^ 

Murray '95BA/H&S^„, 

"The reunion is a great w^y 
.m renew the bonds of hiend- 
guys to tet^ey/^ „ ^3^d 


game on Saturday, anu 

everyone would e«anM,^^ 

one time all year." 

My own image of rugby 
culture was based entirely on my 
college roommate's boyfriend. 
During one party, his mates 
climbed on top of a coffee table to 
smg and broke it in half with their 
weight. Later, they stripped and 
swam one by one in the plastic baby 
pool on the balcony. One guy even 
jumped off the balcony onto a car 
below, breaking his tailbone. 

Murray listened patiently to my 
tale and shrugged. "Everyone has 
heard a story about a aazy rugby 
guy. But once you get on the inside 
you find that it's not as barbaric or as 
wild as you might think. They're 
even starting some youth programs 
in Richmond." 

Physical education teacher 
Adam Moss '96BS/B,BS/E, elabo- 
rates, "We are inhoducing it to 
middle schools through the PE 
classes. We get lots of support, espe- 
cially m terms of equipment. We're 
basically teaching the teachers by 
offering in-services in their schools 
so they in turn can teach their kids." 
Old Boys John Atkinson '88BS/B 
and Adan AnguJo '93BS/B coach 
youth nigby in Northern Virginia 
Of course, the face of mgby has 
changed. Some of those rugby boys 
aren't even boys. VCU Women's 
Rugby Club is active again for the 
first time since the early '80s, revived 
by Shannon Bustillos, VCU coor- 
dinator for 

•'"^EPH SOKOHL •« 


Evening Programs, an excellent 
Lnd started a women's mgby team 

at Marquette University in faU ot 
1994- they were national champions 
by 1997. At VCU, "the girls reaUy 
took to Shannon as a coach said 

Murray. "It really helped with the 
growth of their team." Alumni 
Sayer,Marisa Parker '99BFA, adds, 

"Shannon is amazing. I can only 
aspire to have her dedication and 

'"^'Bustillos herself said, "I'm reaUy 
excited about this team. Some teams 

I've coached have been more mter- 
ested in the social side, but these 

women are 
serious athletes. 
Most of them 
are really young, 
and 1 can see a lot 
of potential." 

The women 
joined the Old Boys 
in this year's events, 
drawing names from 
a hat for an inter- 
squad scrimmage. 
They started the match 
with a game of sevens, 
rugby-speak for four 
seven-minute sessions. A 

typical mgby game is 
four 15-minute sessions, 

but time was short. 
Just before the game, 

Bustillos shouted last- 
minute safety instmctions. 


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the legs." screamed one uia 


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ment once and broke a finger and 
got six sutures in my head. It wasn't 
a bad cut, but you know scalp 
wounds— they bleed a lot." 

"It's too easy to get hurt when 
you only play once a year," contin- 
ued Gusto. "Pretty soon you'll see a 
lot of these Old Boys out there 
sucking wind." 

Old Boy Roy Manuel '80BA/ 
H&S has been around rugby nearly 
as long as Gusto. But you wouldn't 
guess it by his moves on the field. He 
was fast and scrappy and full of 
energy. He has never missed a 
reunion and is the biggest financial 
booster for the student club. Jogging 
by during a break in play, Manuel 
pointed to one of the younger guys 
and flashed a big grin, "i played with 
his older brother over 20 years ago!" 
Gusto was playing back then too 
He started in 1979 while attending 
graduate school part time, eventually 
earning Masters degrees in Public 
Administration and Rehabilitation 
Counseling. He rattled off several 
other degrees he received from other 
schools, but after the first few I lost 
track. Multiple knocks on the head 
don't have the impact you'd think. 
In fact, rugby pushed Munay, a 
political science major, to further 
academic heights. "When I started 
playing rugby I became really inter- 
ested in all countries that played. 
Not just England and Ireland, but 
places like Fiji, Samoa, Japan. I'd 
comb the newspaper for news about 
these countries, and as a result I 
learned of a coup that was taking 
place in Fiji. Because I was reading 
the paper every day, I really got into 
it. But I would probably never have 
learned about it in the first place if I 
hadn't been following the papers 
religiously for rugby news." 

The socials afterward (referred to 
as the third half) are as much a part 
of mgby as the match. VCU Rugby 
Reunion includes Friday evening 
cocktails and Sunday brunch as 
well as the cookout after the game 
In most sports, Bustillos com- 
mented, the heated struggles on 
the field almost preclude friend- 
ship. "Afterward you shake hands 
with the opposing team and go 
home. In rugby— and I've seen 

fights break out on the field- 
you shake hands and it's over " 
thattp. "T^^'^^^^^had 
that feehng about U Richmond- 
VCU conflicts, "the hardest 
games and the best parties of all 

The mutual respect and competi- 
tion were unmatched." 

Atkinson elaborated as he 

laced up his shoes on the sidelines 

Rugby IS unique, because at one 

time only about 40,000 people 

played in the entire country So it 

really becomes like a famil^ You 

end up seeing these guys only once 
or twice a year." '"y once 

"You have instant friends 
when you move to a new 
city," Bustillos agreed, adding 
Sometimes I almost look at it 
as a cult." Parker agreed that 
rugby IS "mstantcomaraderie" 
She entered mgby culfrire with 
almost reckless abandon. "I heard 
thatjames River Women were 
a sport and figured it was tiie'' ft 
was a good leap of faith, "ft is fte 
bes hmg„,entallyandphySy 
that I have ever done for myself It is 

teams. I do my best to convince 

anyon^howgreatthis sport is^ 
When we do get together," 
Atkinson continued, "we always toast 

wim us, but he was an unofririai 

member Of the team. His broth Paul 
Johnson '93BS/B (we called hta 
Adolph) played, and Fish was a™ avs 
around He was definitely a r^S 

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fteconS; "°''y^'"^^'butnot 

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Paddmg in American football Rugby 

crash ,s more of a gentle thud. Plus 

;:;^f°l^"«"f -d groaning. lS of 
oofs! And lots of editorializing 
The touch judge is wack,g^ysi" 

SPRING 17 2003 

In fact, Old Boys were winning 
handily over Young Boys, even 
though many of those Old Boys had 
shared a keg the night before. I men- 

tioned this to Reyn Kinzey, English 
professor, student club faculty 
advisor, and member of the Virginia 

Gentleman's Rugby Club m 
Richmond. He defended his athletes. 

"Since many players continue 
with city or community clubs after 
graduation, the Old Boys can caU 
upon eight to ten years of expen- 

ence while these young guys have a 
year or two at the most. But they're 

not doing too badly. You would 

think they were getting clobbered 


on the score, 

but they're holding their own 

pretty well." 

The game went to Old Boys, 

78 7 

" It really didn't matter who won. 
Happy and sweaty, guys were high- 
fiving and butt-slapping each other 

in the field. Old and Young, all the 
rugger Boys crowded under the goal 
post for the requisite group picture... 
or I suppose you could call it a 
family photo. 

The "Old Boys" meet this year 
on April 25-27. Contact Greg for 

more information. 

Karen Sohkol fits in freelance 
writing around her communications 
job at United Network for Organ 
Sharing (UNOS) in Richmond. 





The first cuts came in May. 

Facing a faltering economy and a 
$3.8 billion shortfall in the state's 
$50.1 billion biennium budget, 
Virginia reduced general funding to 
VCU by $18.6 million for fiscal year 
2003 and by $25.2 million for fiscal 
year 2004. In response, the VCU 
Board of Visitors approved a two- 
year budget that cut 219 course 
sections from the total 5,500, laid off 
30 full-time faculty positions, elimi- 
nated 11 other vacant positions, 
raised tuition, and increased some 
class sizes. 

But there was more to come. In 
August, still facing a $2 billion short- 
fall. Governor Mark Warner asked all 
state agencies and institutions to 
submit three budget reduction plans 
of 7 percent, 11 percent, and 15 
percent. A committee of administra- 
tors, faculty, staff, and students met 
with President Eugene Trani to 
discuss VCU's options. 

Discussions were difficult, said 
Paul Tirmnreck, VCU's senior vice 
president for finance and administra- 
tion. "The faculty and others, 
because they care about the quality 
of services, [were] genuinely con- 
cerned about how much of this can 
you do." Nevertheless, cooperation 
and teamwork governed the process. 
"1 saw people at all levels puUing 
together and really trying to do the 
best job they can," said Tirmnreck. 

President Trani presented the 
budget reduction scenarios to the 
Board of Visitors and the Governor 

in September, noting that state 
funding to the university had already 
dropped to about the same level as 
during the early '90s recession, after 
adjustment for inflation. 

In October, Governor Warner 
announced statewide layoffs and 
cuts totaling $858 million. Although 
one Richmond Times-Dispatdi article 
called these cuts "little more than a 
tourniquet for the two-year budget," 
they were felt deeply at VCU where 
general funding was cut by an addi- 
tional $15.3 million for 2002-03 and 
an additional $18.1 million for 2003- 
04. This brought total state funding 
reductions to $77.2 million over two 
years. This reduction represents 
about a 25% cut in our state general 
fund base for Educational and 
General Programs (E&G). With 
added tuition from rate increases and 
enrollment growth, the overall E&G 
budget in 2003-04 is about 4% below 

Virginia's support for VCU 
students has now fallen below early 
1990s' recession levels, with or 
without adjustment for inflation. 

More cuts are possible. The 
Governor continues to work towards 
a balanced budget in the face of con- 
tinued lower revenues, and the 
General Assembly is focusing on the 
budget crisis now. In the meantime, 
VCU is making difficult decisions. 
But no amount of budgetary stress 
will diminish the university's com- 
mitment to excellence. 

President Trani guarantees that 
"our faculty, student body, adminis- 

tration, and staff all share in the 
commitment to manage the cuts in 
such a way that everything possible 
is done to preserve the teaching and 
research enterprises." 


After the second round of budget 
cuts, VCU announced additional 
staff reductions. In total, preliminary 
estimates indicate that 150 full-time 
employees may be laid off, and 155 
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2004. In layoffs, about 60 will come 
from instructional and academic 
support areas, including adjunct and 
collateral faculty. Other lost posi- 
tions include administrative staff in 
business services, human resources 
and facilities management. 

In undergraduate programs, 
department chairs were directed to 
preserve freshman and sophomore 
general education courses and 
courses needed by graduating 
seniors. Most of the courses eliminat- 
ed are electives within various 
majors. With fewer courses offered, 
class size has ballooned. "We have 

cases where class sizes have gone 
from 50 to 350 overnight," says Dr. 
Stephen Gottfredson, dean of the 
College of Humanities and Sciences. 
"This requires a very different kind of 
preparation and presentation, and 
people are really scrambling to meet 
that challenge. But everyone recog- 
nizes that we're not doing this to 
ourselves, and there is sort of a 
feeling of let's roll up our sleeves 
and get it done and hope it doesn't 
last forever." 

Reductions are hitting divisions 
across the university, from library 
acquisitions and student wages to 


cleaning and maintenance. One cut 
is the GRTC program, which gave 
students a free ride on city buses; 
students can buy a semester bus pass 
for $50. At VCU Alumni Activities, 
we had stopped sending this 
magazine free to all alumni with the 
fall 2002 issue; it's now a benefit of 
Alumni Association membership or 
support of the University. 

On the MCV Campus, the School 
of Medicine plans to close its center 
for generalist medicine and reduce 
funding for its autism and family 
practice residency programs — saving 
more than $2.6 million over two 
years. "These are difficult cuts to 
make," says Dr. Hermes Kontos, vice 
president for health sciences and 
CEO of the VCU Health System. "It's 
difficult to maintain the level of 
quaUty we need to deliver to 
students with these constraints." 

"The cuts are aU over the place," 
said President Trani. "These are 
Draconian measures in very hard 

To mitigate the cuts, tuition 
increases are part of a short-term fix. 
VCU's biennium budget adopted in 
May raised tuition by 9% for resident 
undergraduates and 8% for all other 
student groups. In November, after 
the second round of budget cuts, the 
Board of Visitors unanimously 
approved an additional mid-year 
tuition increase of $300 per semester. 
After aU but one of Virginia's public 
universities took this step, officials 
noted that the mid-nineties tuition 
freeze and rollbacks in recent years 
may have fostered an artificial sense 
that students could be protected 
from inflation and the shifting 
economy. Now tuition must catch 
up to reality. And unfortunately, says 
board member Steven Markel, "this 
is probably not the end of tuition 

The most recent increase will 
replace one dollar for every two 
dollars and twenty cents in reduced 

taxpayer support. Twenty-five dollars 
of each student's tuition will go 
towards need-based financial aid. 
This will add up to $375,000 for 
spring 2003 and about $750,000 for 
the next school year. "Beyond that, 
what we're proposing to do is to 
direct the remainder of the money to 
providing relief to direct instruction- 
al areas in terms of hiring adjunct 
faculty and things of that nature," 
says Timmreck. 

Student fees will also be increased 
or added. The University fee for 
2003-2004 will increase from $973 to 
$1,015. The fee for arts majors wiU 
rise from$150 to $245 per semester. 
Student activity fees for the 
Academic Campus will rise from $45 
to $90, and Student government fees 
on the MCV Campus wiU increase 
from $29 to $56. Undergraduates in 
biology, chemistry, and forensic 
sciences will pay a new lab fee of 
$25-$35; undergraduates in the 
School of Nursing will pay a clinical 
fee of $50 per credit hour. 


In the short term, none of these 
measures will completely offset 
current painful losses. For the long 
term. President Trani has outlined a 
six-point plan to reduce VCU's 
dependence on Virginia taxpayers. 
VCU will 

• continue to increase enroll- 
ment, especially of out-of- 
state students; 

• win more research funding 

• raise more private funds 

• make operations more effi- 
cient and enhance learning 
and research environments 

• pursue entrepreneurship 

• ensure the future financial 
stability of the VCU Health 

VCU can increase its "indepen- 
dent capabilities" through increasing 
enrollment, especially out-of-state 
students. Total enrollment in Fall 
2002 was 26,009. In fall 1996, VCU 
enrolled 1,996 out-of-state students. 
In fall 2002, there were 2,597. 
Students who are not Virginia resi- 

dents pay more than three times as 
much in tuition, more than the cost 
of their educations, which supple- 
ments the cost of educating in-state 
students. Sue Ann Messmer, chief of 
staff in tiie Office of tiie President 
and vice president for University 
Outreach, says that VCU will focus 
recruiting on out-of-state students 
from 2003 onward. 

The second point in the 
President's plan is to keep VCU 
research funds growing. In the past 
two years, external awards for 
research have risen by about $45 
million, a 36% increase. In 2001-02, 
the university took in $169 million 
in research awards, with increases in 
almost every school. "That's one out 
of every five dollars that come to this 
institution and it transforms the 
caliber of the faculty and the nature 
of the education we can offer," says 
Dr. Marsha Torr, vice president for 

Ton cautions that state funding 
cuts aeate chaOenges to increasing 
research dollars. When salaries are 
less competitive and teaching loads 
are heavier, attracting high-quality 
faculty and giving them time to 
conduct research is much more diffi- 
cult. But in times of state budget 
cuts, research awards become even 
more important. Torr explains that 
these funds are "really the only 
means the university has to conduct 
leading research. They are funda- 
mental in terms of building competi- 
tive laboratories, providing state-of- 
the-art equipment, start-up packages 
for new faculty, and graduate fellow- 

"Research funding doesn't 'offset' 
state funding losses," Ton continues. 
"It's a different worid to some extent, 
and ideally you'd like both budgets 
to be growing as one leverages the 
other. But VCU is coming to terms 
with the need to become less depen- 
dent on the state, to diversify its 
revenue portfolio and grow its inde- 
pendent capabilities." 

More private funds are an 
integral part of President Trani's pre- 
scription for moving VCU toward 
self-sufficiency. Donors often desig- 

nate their gifts for particular 
programs or projects — named schol- 
arships or chairs, and often build- 
ings. This still leaves deans and 
center directors, especially now, 
struggling to keep operating. They 
need maximum flexibility to manage 
scarce resources and provide annual 
scholarships. For most universities, 
those aU-important unrestricted 
funds come from alumni giving to 
Annual Funds. 

In 2001-02, VCU had its highest 
ever total of private gifts, $63.8 
million. Much of that support comes 
from non-alumni friends in the 
community. "VCU's alumni partici- 
pation generally averages 11% a 
year," says Peter Wyeth, VCU vice 
president for advancement. Deans of 
aU VCU's Schools must convince 
more alumni to give to their Schools' 
Annual Funds as well as giving to 
special capital appeals that will per- 
manently transform the University. 
"Gifts alone will not solve the 
problem," Wyeth cautions, "but they 
are an essential piece. For VCU to 
flourish, we need both ttansforming 
major capital gifts and sustaining 
annual gifts." 

A fourth principle is operational 
efficiency. VCU is cutting staff and 
renegotiating outside contiacts (such 
as janitorial services). Renovating 
and expanding learning and research 
environments will draw quality 
faculty and students, and more 
research funding. 

A major piece of this stiategy was 
working to pass Virginia's Higher 
Education Bond Referendum. On 
November 5, about 72 percent of 
Virginia voters approved the 
Education Bond proposal. This $900 
million bonowing package will be 
used primarily to help colleges and 
universities renovate and construct 
buildings over the next six years. 
VCU will receive $76.8 million, to be 
divided among eight building 
projects on both the Academic and 
MCV Campuses. When University 
and private donor contiibutions are 
added, as well as the State's contiibu- 
tion for equipment, the value of the 
projects totals $143.4 million. 

S H A 



"Obviously tiiis is a very big deal 
for VCU and I am very grateful to 
the people of the Commonwealth of 
Virginia for expressing their confi- 
dence in higher education," said 
President Irani. "It's a psychological 
shot in the arm at a time when oper- 
ating budgets are having difficulty." 

On the Academic Campus, the 
bulk of the money, $16.1 million, 
will refurbish some of VCU's oldest 
buildings — Hibbs, the Music Center 
Building, Franklin Terrace — into 
modem, effective learning environ- 
ments. Another $6.2 million goes 
toward a $36.3 million privately 
funded Phase II addition to the 
Engineering School, now "bursting 
at the seams," says Dean Robert 
Mattauch. On the MCV Campus, 
primary projects are a $28.5 million 
addition to the Massey Cancer 
Center ($10.1 million from the bond 
issue, the rest from private doUars) 
and $35 million for Phase 11 of the 
Medical Sciences Building ($22.6 
million from the bond issue), both 
critical to bringing in more research 
funding and maintaining Massey's 
status as one of only 60 National 
Cancer Institute-designated centers 
in the country. Another $27.5 
million goes to renovations at West 
Hospital/George Ben Johnston and 
labs at Sanger Hall. 

Entiepreneurship can create new 
sources of funds for VCU. On June 
27, 2002, the first 21 graduates of 
VCU-Qatar School of Design Arts in 
Doha received their bachelor's 
degrees in graphic, fashion and 
interior design. VCU-Qatar creates a 
significant revenue stieam for the 
University and its School of the Arts. 
The Adcenter's graduate program has 
swept national awards since its first 
year in 1996-97. The Fast Track MBA 
Program in the School of Business 
gives executives information and 
contacts they need to be effective in 
a global context. 

The final piece of VCU's plan is 
ensuring financial viability and com- 

petitiveness of the VCU Health 
System, where the effects of state 
budget reductions come on top of 
cost-cutting measures already in 
force. Last spring The Hunter Group 
consulting firm studied the VCU 
Health System and recommended 
cutting up to 1,000 positions over 
the next three years. None of these 
positions are in direct patient care, 
and no services would be eliminated 
because of downsizing. In 
November, 240 positions were 
trimmed, most of them vacant. Dr. 
Sheldon Retchin, VCU Health 
System senior executive vice presi- 
dent and COO, promised that the 30 
people who were laid off wiU be 
oftered other jobs whenever possible. 


VCU leaders are working hard to 
convince Virginia's elected officials 
of the long-term impact of serious 
disinvestment in higher education. 
Two years ago a base adequacy study 
by the Virginia General Assembly 
concluded that Virginia spent about 
10 percent less in both state tax 
money and tuition on higher educa- 
tion than peer systems across the 
nation. That was before the most 
recent cuts. 

President Trani thinks Virginia 
legislators should take note that their 
constituents, approving the bond 
issue In November, have just voted 
overwhelmingly for state-supported 
higher education. Furthermore, 
although renovations and expansion 
are crucial as enrollment continues 
to rise, the bond issue supports only 
capital buUdlng Improvements. This 
money is separate fiom instructional 
and administtative budgets and 
doesn't replace those "Draconian 

"We will do the best we can with 
the resources we are given," Trani 
maintains. VCU continues to look 
for alternative funding so the current 

political and economic situation will 
not impede our growth in quality 
education and national recognition. 

Virginia's budget crisis could 
become a propitious moment in 
VCU's history, the beginning of a 
more self-reliant future In which 
students and faculty are not so vul- 
nerable. VCU's pragmatic past wUl 
serve the university well in this crisis. 
The school's founder, Dr. Henry 
Hibbs, was energetic and enttepre- 
neurial in the service of professional 
education and building his school. 
Did the Medical College of Virginia 
need occupational therapists? Yes, of 
course RPl would set up a program. 
By all means, buy Franklin Sheet 
mansions at bargain prices and fill 
them with students whose room and 
board payments covered the mort- 
gages and added to RPI coffers. VCU 
is stUl adept at finding its niche, from 
creating a visionary new School of 
Engineering to offering a desperately 
needed American Humanics 
Certificate in nonprofit manage- 
ment. Or converting an adjacent 
hospital to an Honors Dorm. 

"I think the main point to get 
across is that we are determined that 
we are not going to let these external 
forces deraU us from our vision and 
our goals," says Dean Gottfredson. 
"The sense around campus that I feel 
is that people are more determined 
than ever to meet the mission. It's as 
if you've had another knapsack 
added to your back as the hike 
proceeds, but you're not giving up." 

foriel Foltz is a Richmond freelancer 
who writes often for Shafer Court 

Illustration by Chad Cameron 

SPRING 21 2003 



Theresa Poilak (1899-2002) 


Restraint was not a word in Theresa Pollak's vocabulary. She 
sometimes drove students to tears, and to better worlc, with 
critiques that were unflinchingly honest. Passion compelled 
her to draw exuberant figures and landscapes even when 
she could barely see. 

Theresa Poilak didn't expect to become a Richmond 
icon in an era when modem art was considered almost blas- 
phemous. And yet, the teacher and painter pushed the city 
into an arts consciousness that continues to be a vibrant 
legacy. She launched visual arts programs at both VCU and 
the University of Richmond, earned honorary degrees and 
awards, and gave her name to an arts building at VCU. Most 
important, she carried out her intense need to create art 
until her physical abilities were exhausted. Poilak died 
September 18, 2002, a month after her 103rd birthday. 

"She thought of art almost like religion," says photogra- 
pher Willie Ann Wright '64MFA/A of her former teacher 
and friend. "Art was something to value and strive for, to 
do your best in, to realize what talent you'd been given and 
to bring it to the peak of its performance." 

"She never really stopped growing and pushing herself," 
gallery owner and friend Beverly Reynolds recalls. "She 
never lost that desire to talk about art and to be challenging. 
She always felt she was given such an incredible opportuni- 
ty to teach at VCU, to really do something and to do it in a 
strong way." 

Poilak, who taught painting and drawing at VCU from 
1928 until 1969, was known for her exacting standards. 
"She was completely honest," former student and faculty 
member Mile Russell '55BFA told Style Weekly, "but aware 
of the fact that she didn't possess a lot of tact. She once told 
me, 'You have to stand up and let people know exactly how 
you feel. If you don't, you're not being honest with yourself 
or others.'" 

Honesty drove Pollak's approach to art. She looked for 
strength of form, underlying meanings and mysteries, 
elements that gave depth and feeling to compositions. "Art 
is not an imitation of natiare," she told the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, "but an artist's reaction to life." She resisted 
painting prettiness and urged her students to delve more 
deeply into ideas. 

"She taught from a solid point of view," says former 
student and VCU faculty colleague Bernard Martin '59BFA. 
"Everyone who went through her classes learned very 
important stuff about visual language, materials and vocab- 
ulary, and they learned a commitment to a discipline. She 
always had a tiemendous respect for discipline." 

Poilak ttained at the Richmond Art Club, the Art 
Students' League of New York and at Harvard. She was 59 
when she traveled to Massachusetts to study under absttact- 
expressionist painter Hans Hoffman. Under Hoffman's 
fierce critiques the experienced teacher reinvigorated her 
technique, making work that combined abstract and realis- 
tic points of view. 

"She was very grounded in strong composition and the 
formal qualities of painting," Reynolds says, "so her compo- 
sitions were very solid and sure, and then she had a rich 
sense of color and used color to create masterful oU paint- 
ings." Most were based on views from her studio or 
windows; her favorite painting was a 1967 oil of the James 

Pollak's works began to sell when she was nearly 80, and 
Reynolds recalls that the artist was more interested in where 
the paintings were going than what price they fetched. 

Age did not diminish her interest in creation. "As she 
got older, the majesty of the universe became more unbe- 
lievable to her. She was overwhelmed by the powerful 
quality of it," Reynolds says. "She never became cynical, she 
never became blase," notes Martin. "She continued to make 
art all her life, always had contiol over herself and what she 
was doing, and a deep and profound professional commit- 
ment on many levels." 


Through the years, the Anderson Gallery had acquired 
100 of PoUak's and her students'works; and she had given 
her papers to VCU Library's Special Collections. At her 
death she left VCU one painting, twenty works on paper 
and a portfolio of selected work from the Reynolds Gallery. 

Her greatest legacy to VCU is the School of the Arts, one 
of the largest in the country, with 3,000 students and more 
than 300 public events each year. Many of Richmond 
Magazine's PoUak Awards in the Arts, instituted in 1998, 
have gone to VCU alumni and faculty. The School of the 
Arts has enriched the world with a stieam of artists, includ- 
ing the late Nell Blaine '42, whom Time called a "premiere 
American painter"; environmental photographer Emmet 
Gowin '65BFA; illustrator Bill Nelson '70BFA; Oscar- 
winning (E.T.) special effects artist Kenneth Smith '69BFA; 
sculptor Tara Donovan '99MFA; and hundreds — 
thousands — more. 

"The art scene, not just in Richmond but in the region, 
would not be what it is today without her," Martin says. 
"Not just the visual arts, but the performing arts and to 
some extent the literary arts. She got something started, and 
it had a momentum of its own. A great number of people 
fed the arts here, but Theresa started it." 

Theresa Pollak website: 

Deveron Timberlake is a freelance writer and editor 
in Richmond. 

"MR. VCU" 


"Enthusiastic!" That's the word nearly everyone uses to 
describe John Mapp, who led Virginia Commonwealth 
University's Evening College and Summer School from 1964 
until his retirement in 1978. "He was enthusiastic about 
everything he was interested in, and he was interested in 
almost everything," says his daughter, Elva Mapp '95MEd. 

Mapp died August 17, 2002, in his Richmond home, at 
89. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer. 

After Mapp arrived at Richmond Professional Institute in 
1964, enrollment in the evening and summer programs 
swelled, and at one point boasted the largest enrollment of 
any night program on a single campus in the nation. Mapp 
continually looked for new ways to get programs to 
students, offering classes on weekends, shortened intensive 
summer courses, and mini-sessions during winter break. 

He was as energetic about marketing courses. Mapp was 
the first to print and circulate class schedules with local 
newspapers. Friends recall that sometimes he would stand 
out on the street, handing out class schedules to passers by. 
For his leadership in the field, Mapp was elected president of 
the National Association of Summer Sessions. 

"He was absolutely on the student's side," said Loyce 
Andrews, who worked with him in the continuing educa- 
tion office. "He didn't want anything to stand in a student's 
way of education. In a lot of ways, he was Mr. VCU." 

John Mapp (1913-2002) 

Elizabeth Mapp '37-'39 (1920-2002) 

Mapp's warmth and genuine affection for nearly 
everyone was evident even in phone conversations. Many 
co-workers remember picking up the phone and hearing his 
familiar salutation, "Hello, this is your friend John Mapp." 
(If a woman was on the line, he reflexively stood up.) 

Dinah Wolfe '69BA/H&S, who earned her VCU degree 
in English at 61, was Mapp's assistant for a decade. "He was 
just the human and most delightful person. He had such a 
sense of humor and he was always smiling. 1 saw a lot of 
students go into his office, and when they walked out, they 
were smiling too. He had that effect on people." 

Mapp also developed VCU's continuing education 
program. The first course offered was Shakespeare in Film, 
Wolfe says. "We were teased later on about having started 
the program in a shoe box, which is where we kept the first 
card file on people who expressed interest in enrolling." 

Rozanne Epps worked with Mapp for 14 years and suc- 
ceeded him as director of the Evening College and 
Continuing Education. She saw him as a man of character — 
in both senses. He had "moral sttength, self -discipline and 
fortitude." He also had his eccentiicities. "It is a special 
blessing," she wrote in Style Weekly, when the two modes of 
character "are combined in one person. The community is 
richer for it, and life takes on a bit of color and fun." Epps 
mentions both Mapp's devotion to older students and his 
personal form of aphasia, which could lead to infomiing 
those students that a course ran "fiom September to 

SPRING 23 2003 

The Accomac native was a commissioner of the Federal 
Mediation and Conciliation Service in New Orleans before 
returning to Virginia to join VCU. He had many years of 
experience in career counseling, personnel management 
and arbitration; and he was a former director of personnel 
for the city of Richmond. 

A World War II Navy veteran, he was skipper of a PT 
boat and took part in the recapture of Conegidor. The son 
of the late state Sen. Walter Mapp, John Mapp was active in 
Democratic politics throughout his life. In 1980, at the age 
of 67, he ran unsuccessfully for Virginia's 3rd District seat in 
Congress, losing to Thomas J. Bliley Jr. 

Mapp's wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Wayland Nelson 
Robinson Mapp '37-'39, had been in poor health as well. 
She died at their home on August 18, hours after her 
husband. Betsy Mapp, a retired nurse at Collegiate School, 
was 82. Mapp was the widower of Mary Bell Archer Mapp, 
who died in 1992. 

In the 1980s, John and his wife established the Dr. John 
S. and Mildred Aydelotte Fund to assist the library in 
support of the Honors Program. In 2001 John and Betsy 
gave VCU 85 acres on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which 
was sold to create an annuity and ultimately added to the 
Aydelotte Fund. 

"There was a column in the Richmond News Leader some 
time before John Mapp retired," Wolfe recalls, "in which 
Mike Houston declared that 'John Mapp of VCU is the most 
innovative educator in the state of Virginia.' 1 heartily 

Jenifer Biicknian is a staff writer at the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, wliich published a version of this obituary 
August 18, 2002. 


After a strong battle and a period of remission, Philip Meggs 
died of leukemia on November 24, 2002. He was 60. Meggs 
is internationally recognized for his own design work and as 
a design critic, historian and educator. He started his career 
at 16, setting type after school. In 2002, two weeks before he 
died, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Art 
Director's Club and honored with the ADC's educator 
award. After his nearly 40 years at RPl and VCU, his class- 
mates, students and colleagues remember him with great 
respect and wamith. 

Colleague Rob Carter is a VCU professor of design and 
co-authored four books with Meggs. "I cannot say enough 
about his piercing intellect, his love of humanity and of 
human visual communication, and of his drive and com- 

"He can't be replaced," says assistant professor Nancy 
Strube. "He was the spirit of the Department. He was 
our spirit." 

Meggs' "integrity and compassion stand out," agrees Bill 
Gravitt '60BFA, president of Beatley Gravitt Communica- 
tions in Richmond. Gravitt met Phil in the mid-'60s, and for 

Philip Meggs '64BFA '71IVIFA (1942-2002) 

many years their studios were side by side — a fun and 
enlightening time." Gravitt notes that "Phil was a consum- 
mate communicator" in his teaching and his writing. 

Communication Arts and Design hailed his comprehen- 
sive A HistoiY of Graphic Desigti (1983), with 500 pages and 
1,200 illustrations, as "a fortress work." Gravitt points out 
that it is "the standard design text, in advertising and in 
academia." The book is in its third edition, in multtple 
translations, including Hebrew and Korean. Meggs wrote or 
co-wrote 14 books and hundreds of articles as contributing 
editor of Print and for other design magazines, as well as the 
definition of graphic design for Webster's Dictionar}', 1992. 

Meggs not only earned his BFA and MFA at RPWCU, he 
served on the Communication Arts and Design faculty for 
34 years. He was chair from 1974 to 1987, doubling enroll- 
ment, writing curriculum, launching a graduate program, 
and transfomiing the Department into a powerhouse 
among the nation's design programs. His own design work 
was nationally recognized and featured in Graphis, 
Communication Arts Design, and Print's Regional Design 

"We always knew that he would be a genius," says 
Gravitt, "but 1 guess we needed New York and London to 
tell us — they did, and continue to." 

Besides teaching at VCU, Meggs was a visiting faculty 
member at Syracuse University and the National College of 
Art and Design in Dublin. He served on the Citizens Stamp 
Advisory Committee, choosing and overseeing the art on 


U.S. postage stamps. In 1996, Meggs received the University 
Award of Excellence, VCU's highest faculty recognition for 
teaching, research and service. 

Meggs' students are competent, creative, loyal and 
grateful. Will Flynn '81BFA "learned a lot about the power 
of visual communications. He taught us to be good stewards 
of our natural resources, mindful of waste in the materials 
we design. Most importantly, 1 learned to be passionate 
about life. We will always remember him as a great teacher 
and a kind man." 

Phil and Libby Meggs '65BFA met as freshmen art 
students at RPl. In one of their first classes, his drawing 
board was near the pencil sharpener, so she asked him how 
to sharpen a chisel point pencil. "You have to use a razor," 
he explained. "That's sounds difficult." He said, "Don't 
worry. I'll sharpen all your pencils." About three weeks later 
he asked if she could mend a shirt for him. She did ("really 
tiny stitches"), and then washed, starched and ironed it as 
well, and offered to do all his shirts. "We took it from there. 
We just kept on helping each other." They were married for 
38 years. 

"He made us feel special, encouraged us when we had 
no confidence, made us laugh when we were sad. He knew 
how to make life fun," wrote Libby and their children, 
Elizabeth Meggs '99BFA and Andrew Meggs. "Throughout 
his illness he never complained, never gave in to despair. 
We are so fortunate to have been part of his life and we 
want to hold tight to all we learned from him." 

Meggs' sense of fun never deserted him. When the Art 
Director's Club honored him as an Art Educator, Rob Carter 
brought the award to him at MCV Hospitals. Meggs took 
the stainless steel letters, an A and a D for Art Director, and 
held them in his hands. He turned to Libby and said mildly, 
"These are nice enough to put out." 

"That was the last time I talked to Phil," Carter says. But 
he adds that Meggs' "gentie southern accent, his wisdom, 
his fairness, his kindness, his humor, his wit, his feistiness, 
his mischievousness: all of these things that were Phil will 
remain and echo within us." 

Friends, family, and colleagues have established a 
scholarship in his memory. Checks should be made payable to 
Philip B. Meggs Memorial Scholarship Fund and serit to VCU 
Arts Development Office; P.O. Box 842519; Richmond, VA 


There are good reasons why Sarah Hill Cooke received a 
Virginia Nurses Association Pioneer Award, in May 2000. 
"She was a nursing trailblazer. Cooke became the only 
black nurse to serve as a director of nursing at VCU's 
Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. She was the first 
alumna to receive a VCU School of Nursing Alumni 
Star Award. 

Her nursing career began at St. Philip Hospital in 
Richmond, a hospital for black patients and teaching 
hospital for black nurses during segregation, where she rose 

Sarah Hill Cooke '39NStP (1916-2002) 

to assistant director of nursing services. When St. Philip 
closed in 1962 and was integrated with the Medical College 
of Virginia Hospitals, Cooke was the first black administra- 
tor there. She took a leave during the 1960s to earn her 
Master's in Nursing Education at New York City University. 
She retired from MCVH in 1979 as associate director of 
nursing services. 

"She was very knowledgeable, but she wasn't stingy 
with her knowledge," says Arlethia Rogen '60NStP, who 
foUowed Sarah Cooke as president of the St. Philip Alumnae 
Association. As a teacher and a leader, "she could reprimand 
you and compliment you all in one smUe. If I improved on 
something, that smile would say, 'see, you have the knowl- 
edge; you just need to think about it.' I truly miss her." 

School of Nursing Dean Nancy Langston knew Cooke 
"as a great teacher and guide. She was a woman who stood 
firm in her principles and one never had to second-guess 
her opinion. Sarah was a vital force in healing the wounds 
that had historicaUy divided St Philip and MCV Hospitals." 

Cooke chaired the steering committee of the St. Philip 
School of Nursing Endowment Fund, and for 13 years she 
was president of the St. Philip Hospital School of Nursing 
Alumnae Association. She died November 8, 2002, at 86 
after a long illness. 

One speaker at her funeral summed it up. "St. Philip has 
lost its heart." 

SPRING 25 2003 

(Nobel, from page 9) 

Nguyen's lab partner Pavel 
Kiselev observes that Perm's broad 
knowledge and experience give him 
"a better chance of being lucky." 
Beyond that, "science is often too 
detached from practical world, and 
John Fenn always thinks about the 
useful applications." Many of the 19 
patents Fenn holds as sole or co- 
inventor, says Kiselev, "are not just 
collecting dust but are being used." 

In December, Fenn joined other 
Laureates in Stockholm for a whirl- 
wind week of press conferences, 
receptions, luncheons and formal 
introductions. He made a presenta- 
tion about his work, titled, of course, 
"Electrospray Wings for Molecular 
Elephants." Fenn received the Nobel 
FWze for Chemistry from His Majesty 
the King of Sweden on December 10. 
In his acceptance speech at the 
Stockholm Concert Hall, Fenn 

quoted a poem from Walt 
Whitman's Leaves of Grass: 
A noiseless patient spider, 
I mark'd where on a little 

promontory it stood isolated, 
Mark'd how to explore the vacant 

vast surrounding 
It launch'd forth filament, filament, 

filament, out of itself. 
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly 

speeding them. 

And you O my Soul, where you 

Surrounded, detached, in 

measureless oceans of space. 
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, 

throwing, seeking the spheres 

to connect them, 
Till the bridge you will need be 

form'd, till the ductile anchor 

Till the gossamer thread you fling 

catch somewhere, O my soul. 

In these lines, Fenn said, 
Whitman has captured "the essence 
of [the] human spirit, which is also 
the spirit of science." 

Tlie Nobel Prize carries a cash 
award of about $1 million. Sharing ti^e 
2002 award with Fenn are Dr. Koichi 
Tanaka, 43, ofShimadzit Corp. in 
Kyoto, Japan; and Dr. Kuit Wuethrich, 
64, of the Swiss Federal Institute of 
Technology in Zurich and the Scripps 
Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. 

Tlie other 2002 Nobel wintier from 
Virginia, Dr. Vernon Smith of George 
Mason University, who won for econom- 
ics, was on VCU's campus in 
November, 2001 as the Tlialhimer 
Family Scholar-in-Residence at the 
School of Business. 

Joriel Foltz writes frequently for 
VCU's alumni magazines. 

(Italy, from page 11) 

from early morning until late in the evening. Her bubbly 
laugh and helpfulness never failed— even though she 
had just said goodbye to a group before we arrived and 
would be welcoming another immediately after we left. 
Her English was excellent, and whenever her cell phone 
rang we enjoyed listening in on her lyrical Italian almost 
as much. 

On our last excursion we arrived in Siena early on a 
cold Sunday morning. We moved easily through the 
quiet, narrow streets to Siena's beautiful cathedral, the 
most magnificent structure of the trip. The exterior was 
spectacular, the interior even more stunning. Every bit of 
wall space was filled with frescos, paintings or sculptures. 
Even the marble floors were laced with carvings of 
historical events. 

On the way back to Marciella, the trip nearing an 

end, I thought about Italy. 
How wonderful not 

f^^ditiomi horse' race. 

Middle Am tivlr^T '■ '^^'t since the 

to have signs and 
advertisements con- 
stantly in our faces. 
Businesses were 
J nestled among trees; 
I you had to look 
I closely to know if 

1 you were looking at a 
S business or a home. 


2 Walking through 
I Marciella was a joy as 

flowerboxes brimming 

with geraniums, petunias and begonias adorned almost 
every home. Laundry on clothes lines outside the 
windows bloomed as profusely as the flowers, and only 
added to the town's charm. 

Unfortunately ill, one of us also sampled Italy's 
national health service, with Chiara by her side to trans- 
late. Italians receive free medical care supported by taxes. 
Our friend commented it was "like going to the deli and 
getting a number." 

On their second trip with AHI, John Bumgamer 
'66MD and his wife Barbara "especially enjoyed Tuscany 
because the countryside was more relaxed." For them, 
"the highlight was the final evening, dinner at the Castle 
of Santa Maria Novella." From the castle, we took photos 
of our "home," Villa Tavolese, directly across the valley. 
At dinner we each received a "graduation certificate" and 
talked a bit about what we learned. Justine Staples put it 
succinctly. "Our guide was the best. I enjoyed my many 
new friends. I can't wait for my next trip." 

To catch our 7:00 a.m. flight from Florence we had to 
leave Marciella at 4:45 a.m. I walked alone in the dark to 
the square to meet the bus. 1 sat on a park bench wonder- 
ing If everyone else had forgotten to get up. I could never 
sit alone in the dark like this in a city at home. Here, 
everything but the wind was calm and serene. I'll 
remember the quiet, the solitude, the peace and brisk 
cool breeze of that final morning for a long time. 

Diane Stout-Brown is associate director of VCU Alumni 
Activities. We'll return to Italy for the next Alumni 
College in the Italian Lake District, May 26-fune 3. 


*Member of the VCU Alumni Association 


Joe Myers '58BS/B is a pharmacist for 
Eckerd Drug Corporation in Clayton, NC, 
where he lives. • Eleanor Rufty '58BFA 

teaches at the Virginia Museum School and 
is one of Richmond's most accomplished 
and respected visual artists. She received a 
2002 Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in 
the Arts. • Milo Russell '55BFA, professor 
emeritus of painting at VCU, received a 
2002 Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence 
in the Arts. 


Bedros Bandazian '61BS/B is president of 
Bandazian & Co. in Richmond. • G. Baxter 
Barger '67BS/B of Waynesboro received 
the Company Representative of 2002 Award 
from the National Association of 
Professional Insurance Agents for out- 
standing professional experience, assis- 
tance to independent insurance agents 
through the PIA, and community service. • 
Mary Boyd '62BFA is a principal Interior 
designer in Washington, DC. She lives in 
Arlington, VA. • Chris Burnside '69BFA, 
who has taught for 22 years in VCU's Dance 
Department, received a 2002 Theresa 
Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts. He 
has choreographed forthe Richmond Ballet 
and other companies, and performed his 
dance monologues in Richmond and New 

York City. As department chair, he was 
instrumental in rebuilding the Grace Street 
Theatre for VCU dancers and visiting com- 
panies. • Frances (Kegley) Concannon 
'64BFA '67IVIFA teaches sewing at Pine 
Camp Community Center. She lives in 
Richmond. • *Jolin Keith Jr '66BS/B is 
director of human resources at J. Crew in 
Lynchburg, VA. He lives in Richmond. • 
Connee Merwin '69BS/B is a paralegal spe- 
cialist at FDIC in Washington, DC. She lives 
in Lake Ridge, VA. • *John Orrock ■67BS/B 
is a senior systems consultant at First 
Health Services Corporation in Glen Allen, 
VA. • *John Schwartz '69BS/B is a real 
estate consultant at Dominion Telecom, Inc 
in Glen Allen, VA. • George Temple Sr 
'66BS/B works in the Resource Mortgage 
division at Resource Bank. He lives in 
Virginia Beach. • *Sue Truman-Hufnal 
'64BFA is the owner/artist of Stained Glass 
Creations in Landisville, NJ, where she 
lives. • Marshall Vaughan '66BS '67MS/B 
is a real estate investor in Richmond, where 
he lives. • *WalterWildmanJr'60BS/Bis 
vice president offinance forthe Virginia 
League of Planned Parenthood in 


*Charlie Beck '75BS/B is president of 
Financial Staffing 2000 in Richmond, where 
he lives. • *Mary Bellone '75BS/E is a 
reading specialist at Oak Grove- 
Bellemeade Elementary School in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Willie 
Bennett '75BS/E teaches in Richmond 
Public Schools and lives in Richmond. • 
Tracy Brewer '76BS/E is an information 
professional at the Watauga County Public 
Library in Boone, NC. She lives in Blowing 
Rock, NC. • Mary Buckle '79BS/B is a self- 

employed consultant in Atlanta, where she 
lives. • Rita Buckner'73BFA is a film com- 
missioner at Florida Keys & Key West TDC 
inKey West, where she lives. • Mario 
Cavezza '71BS/B is general manager at 
Portmedic Division of Hooper Holmes Corp. 
in Andover, NJ. • Candi Chase '77BA/H&S 
is retired from the NASA Public Affair Office 
where she worked in the International 
Affairs Office, and had been a paralegal at 
NASA Headquarters. She lives in Reston, 
VA. • *Allan Cohen '74BS/B is assistant 
manager of DSW Shoe Warehouse in Glen 
Allen, VA, where he lives. • Sandra Curry 
'71BS/B is a career and technical education 
administrator for Waynesboro Public 
Schools in Waynesboro, VA, where she 
lives. • Vernon Drinkwater '75BS/E is a 
sales associate at Ray Christensen Realty 
and a teacher for Virginia Beach Public 
Schools. He lives in Virginia Beach. • 
Ronald Fink '75MS/B is a managing partner 
at Strategic Marketing Solutions in Glen 
Allen, VA. He lives in Richmond. • *Robert 
(Bob) H. Flatford III 76BS/B retired from 
Bankof America in January of 2001. In 
February 2001, he became vice president of 
Commercial Loans at First Citizens Bank, 
the oldest and largest family owned/con- 
trolled bank in the U.S. • *Leon Frazier 
'71BS/B is vice president of Public Sector 
for Nextel Communications. He lives in 
Centreville, VA. • *George Gibbs '75BS/B is 
the chief financial officer atthe Office of 
Health Benefits in Richmond, where he 
lives. • Bruce Grossberg '77BS/H&S is 
president of U.S. Vittles Inc. in Richmond, 
where he lives. • Jon Grubbs '77MPA/H&S 
is the director of Citizen Info & Assistance 
for the City of Bowling Green, KY, where he 
lives. • *Lindsay Harrington '73BS/B is a 
state representative in the Florida House of 

VCU Alumni Association Honors Scholars 2002-03 

Aformerflight attendant, Canadian MireilleTruong is now a VCU 
senior majoring in French and pre-med. Mireille has been volunteering 
since she was 12, and recent service atthe Fan Free Clinic reinforced 
her commitmentto medicine. "I really enjoy helping people. . .it is a 
good use of time." 

Sanjay Iyer, also pre-med, is studying psychology to be a more 
compassionate physician. "I am very grateful to the alumni for giving 
back," he says. "Giving back is one thing I plan to do." He wants to 
bring medical care to the poor in India and to fund a need-based 
scholarship for students underrepresented in higher education. 

More than a dozen students have received the VCU Alumni 
Association Honors Scholarship, established in 1995. To contribute 
to the scholarship fund, please call (804) 828-2586. 

VCUAA Honors 
Sanjay Iyer 

Jay Weinberg; Mireille Tniong, 
recipient of the fay and Sondra Weinberg 
Undergraduate Scholarship in Honors 
and the Dean's Award for Excellaice; 
Lois Trani 

SPRING 27 2003 

L^e^V eLx^Li J 


"] had all their encouragement, to go 
all the way," says painter Timothy 
Lefens '77BFA of his VCU mentors 
Richard Carlyon and Sal Federico. 
"They helped me connect to all my 

Twenty years later, Lefens took 
that power beyond the two dimen- 
sions of his own painting into a 
fifth, after showing slides of his art at 
a school for students with cerebral 
palsy and other profound disabili- 
ties. "They were the most reduced 
beings you could ever meet," he 
says. "I realized that because they 
don't move and they don't talk; 
everything they have is held inside." 

Lefens became detemiined to bring the expressiw taudom of painting to people 
who can't move. The mechanics of this dream were challenging. If you can't use your 
hands to hold a bmsh, or tell someone else what to do, how can you put paint on a 

"The first breakthrough was primitive, but powerful," says Lefens. "We helped artists 
in powered wheelchairs use the chair as an impression tool, drawing with the wheels of 
the chair on a canvas on the floor. You could say they were making their mark." 

Lefens experimented with more sophisticated techniques. In 1995, he established a 
non-profit organization. Art ReaUzation Technologies (A.R.T.). He developed a laser- 
based headband that allows handicapped artists to point to a large menu of colors, 
bnishes, gels and materials. A trained assistant, or tracker, carries out the artist's choices 
on canvas— communicated by laser pointer, computer keyboard, or simply an eye blink 
for yes or no. 

With a full range of expression, the artists took off. Fabulous abstractions exploded 
from the confines of stillness. Hundreds of Lefens' stiadents, at five sites from New 
Jersey to Florida, have created paintings of fiery sophistication and profound subtiety. 
Their work has brought rave reviews and hefty prices at major exhibitions around the 
country. A.R.T. painter Eric Corbin comments, "The tmth is in the paint." 

In 1988 A.R.T. received the Community Health Leadership Award ft-om the Robert 
Wood Johnson Foundation. The group has been featured by the New York Times, People 
and Reader's Digest, as well as CNN and CBS Evening News. 

Lefens' book. Flying Colors, published last fall by Beacon Press, was hailed by critics as 
"unsparing and inspiring." The memoir weaves Lefens' life story with the lives and 
work of the artists he so fiercely respects. One stiand is Lefens' own disability— growing 
blind spots from retinitis pigmentosa will eventually blot out his vision entirely. Like 
his sftjdent colleagues, Lefens relies on "the transcendent power of art and the surprises 
of the human spirit." 

"A.R.T. is not about 'helping' artists to paint," Lefens insists. "It's about giving 
them a clear channel, staying out of their way, and watching them tap into their 
own power." 

For more information and an online, on salegaller}' of paintings, visit 
Contiibutions are welcome and tax-deductable. 

VCU theatre graduate Selby Frame is a freelance writei- in Maine. 

Representatives and a commercial/residen- 
tial realtor for ARVIDA Realty in Punta 
Gorda, FL, where he lives. • Edward 
Hazeiwood '78BS/MC is editorial director of 
Aviation Week'm Washington, DC. He lives 
in Arlington, VA. • *Robert Holloway 
'73BS/B is a partner of Management 
Consulting Group Inc. in Midlothian, VA, 
where he lives. • *Willie Horton Jr. '77BFA 
is senior designer in the Aircraft Carrier 
Engineering division of Northrop Grumman 
Newport News. He lives in Newport News, 
VA. • *Michael Hunter '74BS/H&S is presi- 
dent and CEO of RCC Consultants, Inc. in 
Woodbridge, NJ. HelivesinNeshanic 
Station, NJ. • Aimee Huynh '75BS/H&S is 
senior IVF technologist in the OB/GYN 
division of Baylor College of Medicine in 
Houston, where she lives. • Irvin Johnson 
'76BS/H&S is a social work supervisor in 
Child Protective Services in Portsmouth, 
VA. He lives in Chesapeake, VA. • Vance 
Johnson '70BS '72MS/B is a real estate 
appraiser at Quinlivan Appraisal in South 
Miami, FL He lives in Miami. • *John 
Kendig '75BS/B is an associate broker at 
Long & Foster Realtors in Richmond, where 
he lives. • Charles Lambert '71 BS/B is the 
assistant controller for Atlantic Coast 
Dining, Inc. in Richmond, where he lives. • 
Vicitacion Layus '71BS/H&S is a student 
services professor in the Financial Aid & 
Scholarship division of San Jose State 
University in San Jose, CA. She lives in 
Morgan Hill, CA. • Allen Little ■75BS/H&S 
is a community sales manager in the 
Cornerstone division of New Home Sales & 
Building in Monroe, NC. He lives in 
Waxhaw, NC. • *Ed Livesay '78BS/B is the 
owner of Greystarr Properties in Denver, 
where he lives. • Pamela Martin '76BFA is 
a multimedia producer for Fairfax County 
Public Schools in Annandale, VA. She lives 
inPurcellville.VA. • JimMcNeal 
'77IVIS/H&S is the owner of The Dive Shop 
in Richmond and lives in Glen Allen, VA. • 
Joe Mitchell '74BS/H&S is a field biolo- 
gist/ecologist at the University of Richmond. 
He lives in Richmond. • Ronald Mitchell 
'79BS/H&S is assistant vice president of the 
Risk Management division at Saxon 
Mortgage, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. ♦ James Mountjoy '78BS/H&S 
is a chemist in the Bureau of Engraving & 
Printing of the U.S. Department of Treasury 
in V\/ashington, DC. He lives in Mason 
Neck,VA. • *John Mowrer '77MBA is vice 
president & controller of Kraft Foods in 
Northfield,IL • David Nye '77MBA/B is a 
professor of management at Athens State 
Collegein Auburn, Alabama. • Joanna 
Orphanidys '78MSW is the owner of 
Rehabilitating Counseling Associates Inc. in 
St. Petersburg, FL, where she lives. • 
*Sherrell Orrock '66BSW '70MS/AH is an 

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independent contractor at Rennie's 
Advertising Ideas, Inc. in Richmond, where 
she lives. • *Richard Painter '79BS/H&S is 
a lieutenant colonel in the TRADCO 
Engineers division of the U.S. Army at Fort 
Monroe, VA. • Dashton Parham '78BFA is a 
design editor in the Graphics and 
Photography division of USA Today in 
McLean, VA. HelivesinWoodbridge,VA. • 
Van Peace '76BS/B is product services 
manager for Phillip Morris International in 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. • *E. Douglas 
Pratt '78MSW is president of Policy- 
Practice Resources, Inc. in Atlanta, where 
he lives. • *Michael Pritchard '68BS 
'71BS/B is a self-employed investors rela- 
tions consultant in Hopewell, VA, where he 
lives. • *Mary Pully '76BFA is a program & 
tech specialist for the National Science 
Foundation in Arlington, VA, where she 
lives. • Stan Salasky 70BS/MC is presi- 
dent of Jackson Express, Inc. in Dallas, 
where he lives. • Geraldine Seay '77BS/E 
is assistant professor in the School of 
Business at Florida A & M University in 
Tallahassee, where she lives. • Robert 
Simon '76BS/B is chair at D &R Ventures, 
Inc. in Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. 
• Patricia Smith '78BS/E is a middle school 
teacherfor Goochland County Public 
Schools, VA. She lives in Manakin-Sabot, 
VA. • Pat Stockdon'75BFA owns INdesign 
in Richmond, where she lives. She received 
first place in the 7th Annual Design 
Specialty Awards from the American 
Society of Interior Designers, Virginia 
Chapter forthe design of the Lacy 
Residence in Midlothian, VA. • *Keitli 
Strohecker '75BS/B is vice president of 
Caps Group in Richmond. He lives in 
Moseley, VA. • Pamela Tancredi 
'78BS/MC is assistant division manager for 
Gulf Coast Division in Panama City Beach, 
FL, where she lives. • Andrew Tavss 
'77BS/B is president of MidSouth Building 
Supply Inc. in Springfield, VA. • Wanda 
Temple '70BS '75MS/B teaches in the 
Business Department at Colonial Heights 
High School, Colonial Heights, VA. She lives 
in Hopewell, VA. • JanisTerpenny 
'79BS/H&S is assistant professor of the 
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
division at the University of Massachusetts 
in Amherst, MA, where she lives. • 
*Joseph Terry Jr. '70BS/B '72MEd teaches 
at A.V. Norell Elementary School in 
Richmond, where he lives. • *Virginius 
Vaughan '70MS/B is vice president of the 
Citibusiness Credit Center division of 
Citibank, N.A. in Long Island City, NY. He 
lives in Chatham, N J. • *LarryVerbit 
'73BFA is an attorney at Berkowitz, Black, & 
Zoike in Beverly Hills, CA, and lives in Santa 

Dilip Abayasekara '85PhD/H&S is third vice 
president of Toastmasters International in 
San Antonio, TX. He lives in Camp Hill, PA. • 
*Steven R Bateson '86MBA is president of 
the Virginia Association of School Business 
Officials (VASBO) for the current year. 
VASBO is an association of professionals in 
finance, accounting, pupil transportation, 
food service and facilities with a school 
division. VASBO takes care of "the 
business of K-12 education." Steven is 
assistant director School Internal Audit for 
Chesterfield County Public Schools. • 
Steven Bergin '88BS/B is manager of the 
CDCO division at VCU and lives in 
Richmond. • Keith Boswell '83BS/B is 
married to Renee Ridley Boswell and they 
have three children: Luke 5, Lydia 3, and 
Ezra, born on February 4, 2002. Keith is a 
Senior Manager at Virginia Economic 
Development Partnership. The family lives 
in Bon Air, VA. • Kenneth Gaboon '84BFA 
owns Valerio Maioli Servizi, a video produc- 
tion services company in Forii, Italy, where 
he lives. He is a video control engineer, 
slow motion operator, video editor and 
camera operator. • Judith Cashwell-Ullah 
'87BS/B is a senior computer consultant for 
Northrop Grumman in Rosslyn,VA. She 
lives in Dumfries, VA. • Pamela Cbaney 
'86BS/B is president of CRM Consulting, 
Inc. in Laurel, MD, where she lives. • 
*Craig Chapman '82BS/B is a regional sales 
managerfor Net 10 in Portland, OR. He lives 
inAshburn,VA. • *Margaret Connors 
'81BS/H&S is managing director at 
Salomon Smith Barney in the Global 
Equities division in NYC. She lives in Port 
Washington, NY. • Janet Cromley 
'81MS/H&S is editor for the Los Angeles 
Times. She lives in Long Beach, CA. • 
Deborah (Slusser) Doane '82BS/B is a 
partner at Renaissance in Midlothian, VA. • 
Tom Duke '82BFA works for the Planning 
Partnership, Inc and recently received first 
place in Contract Healthcare atthe7th 
Annual Design Specialty Awards of the 
American Society of Interior Designers, 
Virginia Chapter for designing offices for 
Pediatric Associates of Richmond, Inc. • 
Anthony Earles '85BS '87MS/H&S married 
Joanne Cousin on September 21, 2002. He 
is tourism development manager for the 
Portsmouth Convention & Visitors Bureau 
in Portsmouth, VA, where they live. • 
Stephanie Evans '89BS/E is a paralegal for 
St. Paul Cos. in Richmond, where she lives. 
• ^Barbara Froman'85BS/B is a support 
professional for Hoffmeyer & Semmelman 
LLP in York, PA, where she lives. • Steven 
Gray '84BS/B is manager of transaction 
accounting and financial reporting forthe 
Lockheed Martin Corporation. • Frank 
Grizzard '87BA/H&S is senior associate 
editor/associate professor at the University 
of Virginia. His book George Washington: A 
Biograpliical Companion, the first encyclo- 

pedia written on George Washington, was 
published in 2002 by ABC-CLIO. Also in 
2002, UVA Press published his book Ttie 
Papers of George Washington, 
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 12. He lives 
in Waynesboro, VA. • Arthur Heinz '86BS/B 
owns Heinz Insurance Agency in 
Chesterfield, VA where he lives. • Jeanette 
Hickle '89MS/B is a manager at Philip 
Morris USA in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Lisa Jackson '86BS/B is senior programmer 
analyst for Anthem, Inc. in Richmond, 
where she lives. • Deborah Jarman '81 BFA 
is a teacherfor Spotsylvania County 
Schools in Fredericksburg, VA, where she 
lives. • Bassam Kawwass '80MHA/AH is 
president and CEO of 21st Century Care 
Systems in Virginia Beach. • Colleen 
Kearney '85BS/MC is project manager of 
University Relations at George Mason 
University in Fairfax, VA, where she lives. • 
Robert Killian '81BFA '86MA/A is a graphic 
designer for the Smithsonian American Art 
Museum in Washington, DC. He lives in 
Manassas, VA. • Cindy Lester '82BS/H&S 
teaches at Poquoson City High School, in 
Poquoson, VA, where she lives. ♦ *Tonya 
Lovelace '86BS/B is a contract specialist 
forthe Departmentof Army in Leavenworth, 
KS, where she lives. • Wanda McCarthy 
'83BS/H&S is an adjunct faculty member at 

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Consistency is the key for John Rollins '97 tliese days. 

The former VCU golf star aedits a more even style of play with 
his recent climb in professional golfing, an ascent punctuated by 
his first PGA Tour win in September's Bell Canadian Open. 

And despite having the kind of success that can slingshot 
careers and lifestyles, Rollins plans to keep things steady. 

"I'm still the same kind of guy," he said during a recent inter- 
view. "1 do the same things. 1 try to keep everything very relaxed 
and laid back and don't get too worked up about anything. That's 
who 1 am." 

Rollins' impressive breakthrough sent his ranking and his spot 
on the tour's earnings ladder soaring. He finished the most recent 
season, ending in November, ranked 67th on the World Golf 
rankings. His $1.9 million in tour winnings put Rollins at No. 25 
among money leaders. 

The strong year provides more than financial security. Rollins' 
rankings and earnings, combined with the Canadian Open crown, 
guarantee he can play in virtually any professional tournament in 
2003. He's also exempt from having to qualify for three of the four 

Confident he can compete with the top pros, Rollins plans to 
focus on Majors such as the U.S. Open in 2003. He also expects to 
build on the win in Canada and continue climbing the money list. 

"I don't want to go down as a one-hit wonder." 

During his four years as a VCU golfer, Rollins earned honorable 
mention All-America honors. He credits former coach Jack Bell 
with a coaching style that stressed match play during practice and an emphasis on 
playing difterent courses to present new challenges. 

"1 can go to a golf course and I just play the course. 1 can adjust," Rollins explains. "1 
think I'm so used to playing so many difterent golf courses that 1 don't worry about it. 
That's really what he taught when he was the coach." 

Despite his solid VCU preparation, Rollins said it took some time to adjust mentally 
to competing at the top professional level. He quickly recognized how even a shred of 
self-doubt can infect performance. 

"If you don't think you can win, you have no chance." So now, "1 don't worry 
about what the cut is going to be. All I'm thinking about is, 'Let's try to make a move 
and let's try to win.'" 

Weekend golfers might trim a few strokes off their games by following Rollins' 
theme of consistency. Asked how reaeational golfers can improve, Rollins says forget 
about monster drives and trick shots you may see on TV. 

'Tf the average weekend golfer just went out and tried to make it simple, just figured 
out a way to put the ball in the fairway, knock the ball on the green and go, it would be 
a lot more enjoyable and probably save some shots on their game," he said. 

Simple? Sure. For pros like Rollins, it's just par for the course. 

McGregor McCance covers business technology issues for the Richmond 

Hook,VA. • Claudia Lefas '97BA/H&S is a 

financial analyst in Investment Banking at 
Tokyo Mitsubishi in NYC. She lives in 
Jersey City, NJ. • *Barbara Leppitsch 
'95BA/H&S 'SBBS/B is a senior systems 
administrator for IBM in Boulder, CO. She 
lives in Denver. • David Lipscomb, Jr. 
'97BS/B is vice president of technology in 
Information Systems at Industrial Supply 
Corporation in Richmond. He lives in King 
William, VA. • •Yuquian Mao '99MBA is 
seniortrainer/developer in the Operations 
at Phillip Morris USA in Richmond, VA. She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. • Albert Marschall 
'95BFA is a graphic designer/illustrator at 

Southern Graphic Systems in Richmond, 
where he lives. • Jeffrey Meisner '92BFA 
is fax service support representative at 
Hello Inc in Richmond, where he lives. He is 
also a member of improv comedy troupe, 
TAKE 5. • Eduardo Minaya '99BFA is senior 
graphic specialist at KPMG in McLean, VA. 
He lives in Springfield, VA. • *Keith Morse 
'90BS/H&S is a police officer in the 
Disorder Control Unit for New York PD. • 
Gretchen Newman '93 BS/MC is the 
director of Art & Printing in College 
Relations for Mary Baldwin College in 
Staunton, VA. She lives in Verona, VA. • 
Kristen Parker '91BFA is a sculptor-illustra- 

tor in Richmond, where she lives. She 
designed three fish for the Go Fish! Project 
in Richmond. Her sculptures were "Fish for 
Thought", displayed at the Canal Walk 
entrance; "Catfishin" atthe Canal Turning 
Basin; and "Mermaid Fish" atthe James 
Center. • Eugene Pembleton '96MSW is a 
mental health clinician at Memorial Child 
Guidance Clinic in Richmond, where he 
lives. • Samuel Perdue '87BS '90MS/H&S 
is a microbiologist atthe National Institutes 
of Health. He lives in Falls Church, VA. • 
*Timothv Petrie 'BSBA '92MURP/H&S is the 
compliance program leader atthe 
Department of Environmental Quality in 
Roanoke, VA. He lives in Buena Vista, VA. • 
Lorna Pinckney '98BS/MC, head of Upside 
Promotions and Design, created The Soul 
Kitchen open-mic night on the third 
Saturday every month atthe Captain's Grill, 
John Marshall Hotel, in Richmond. She 
created Tuesday Verses open-mic night, 
Tuesdays at Tropical Soul in Richmond. • 
Diana Powell '85BS/B '94MSW is a renal 
social worker at Davita Dialysis in Emporia, 
VA. She lives in Petersburg, VA. • Amy 
Redman '99BFA is an interior designer at 
Bound Hugo Fariey Architects. She 
received a 2002 Contract Historic 
Preservation award for design of Richmond 
YWCA, and the Contract Healthcare award 
for design of medical offices for Richmond 
Dermatology Specialists, PC at the 7th 
Annual Design Specialty Awards of 
American Society of Interior Designers, 
Virginia Chapter. • Miguel Reyes '98BS/B 


is an associate at Banl< Boston NA in 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives. • 
*Timothy Roberts '88BFA '97MFA/A is 
director of publications and marketing in 
the Communications at the University of 
Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. • 
*Jeannine Rosado '98BA/H&S is a bilingual 
social insurance specialist forthe Social 
Security Administration in Fredericksburg, 
VA, where she lives. • Thomas Sheets 
'95BS/B has recently been promoted to vice 
president of Wachovia Securities, Inc. He is 
now the accounting manager for the 
Private Client Group of Wachovia 
Securities. • Erica Sherman '98BS/B is 
payroll manager of Planet Gov, Inc. in 
Chantilly, VA. She lives in Alexandria, VA. • 
Sean Smith '93MT/E is a teacher at Hardy 
Middle School in Washington, DC, where 
he lives. • Anne Soffee's'95IVIFA/H&S first 
book, Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I 
Found True Love, was published by Chicago 
Review Press in 2002. She taught at Charter 
Westbrook, and worked at the Genesis 
Treatment Agency in Richmond, where she 

lives with her husband (and true love). Tad. 
• Kristina Spencer '94BS/E is a cruise spe- 
cialist for The Cruise Web in Washington, 
DC. She lives in Arlington, VA. • Colin 
Stolle '92BA/H&S is assistant common- 
wealth's attorney for the state of VA. He 
livesin Virginia Beach. • David Stone 
'95BS/B is senior staff accountant at Snead 
& Williams, PLLC. He lives in Danville, VA. • 
Ward Tefft '94BA/H&S owns Chop Suey 
Books in Richmond, where he lives. • 
Jerome Thompson '97BS/B works in 
Corporate Customer Service at Overnight 
Transportation in Richmond. He lives in 
Henrico County, VA. • *Lionel Walsh 
'92MFA/A is director of the School of 
Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor in 
Windsor, Ontario, where he lives. • Garrick 
Wang '96C/B is a senior associate at KPMG 
LLP in Washington, DC. He lives in Vienna, 
VA. • Stacey Warren '90BFA'92MT/E 
teaches in Chesterfield County Public 
Schools. She lives in Midlothian, VA. • 
Amanda West '97MURP/H&S is a criminal 
justice program analyst in the crime pre- 

vention division of VA Department of 
Criminal Justice in Richmond. • *David 
Williams '96BS/B is an account administra- 
tor at Wachovia Securities, Inc. in 
Washington, DC, where he lives. • *Jason 
Winebarger '92BFA is a freelance artist in 
Richmond, where he lives. 


Dawn Adams 'OOBA/H&S is project man- 
agement associate of the CDS division of 
Quintiles, Inc. in Falls Church, VA. She lives 
in Alexandria, VA. • *Nils Alomar '02MBA 
is a technical service engineer for Tredgar 
Film Productions in Richmond, where he 
lives. • Anthony Bailey '02BS/En is store 
director at The Market, Tobacco Row in 
Richmond. He lives in Sandston, VA. • 
*Claudette Barnes 'OlMAEd teaches art at 
Arrowhead Elementary School in Virginia 
Beach, where she lives with her husband 
Tom and their four children Hazel, Katie, 
Guy and Gus. She recently completed her 
master's degree at VCU at 58. • Samuel 
Bennett 'OOBS/B is a management analyst 

In Memoriam 

Creating a Structure 

Dr. Herbert Burgart, first dean of VCU's 
School of the Arts, died on November 9, 
2002 at the age of 70, at home in 
Brodnax, Virginia. 

Burgart arrived at Richmond 
Professional Institute in 1966, and 
became the first dean of the School of the 
Arts when RPl merged with MCV to 
create VCU in 1968. During Burgart's 
decade of leadership, the program 
expanded its departments from six to 11, 
added more than 100 faculty members, 
and gained accreditation from the 
National Association of Schools of Art. 
Music and theatre programs were added 
to the school, and individual Depart- 
ments in Sculpture and Painting/ 
Printmaking were established from the 
former Fine Arts Department. Enrollment 
quadrupled from 500 to nearly 2,000. 

Art program founder Theresa PoUak 
wrote in 1969 that before Burgart arrived, 
the school had fragmented among its 
individual departments. He established, 
she said, the "present stmcture and unity 
that exists today." 

Robert Hester was associate dean 
under Burgart and watched him create "a 
cohesive school where growth in quality 
was always commensurate with growth in 
quantity. Working with him was one of 
the exceptional pleasures of my life," 
Hester says. "He became my mentor and 
close personal friend until the day he 

"He was a dynamic dean and inven- 
tive in his solutions," Richard Kevorkian, 
VCU professor emeritus and former chair 

of painting and printmaking told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Herb trusted 
the people he had and gave them the 
space to create and teach." 

Burgart's career continued with jobs as 
president of Moore College of Art and 
later of the Ringling School of Art and 
Design in Sarasota, Florida, where he 
retired in 1985. He had been president of 
the Southeastern College Art Conference, 
a board member of the National Council 
of Art Administtators, and secretary of the 
National Association of Schools of Art. 

"Aging with Dignity" 

Before she came to the United States in 
1992, Olukemi "Kemi" Adamolekun 

'OOMSW practiced as a nurse and midwife 
in England and Nigeria, received her PhD 
in Guidance and Counseling, and taught 
for a decade at the University of Ife 
in Nigeria. 

After coming to this country, 
Adamolekun focused her energies on 
caring for the sick and the elderly. She 
created Kaleyewa House, a not-for-profit 
organization to provide home- and com- 
munity-based care for the elderly under 
the motto "Aging with dignity." 
Adamolekun was working to establish 
Kaleyewa House in two Nigerian commu- 
nities and helping to plan the first-ever 
Global Embrace, a Worid Health 
Organization-sponsored walk for the 
elderly, when she was killed in an 
accident at the age of 55. 

A manorial fund continues die worl< of 
Kaleyawa House. Checks noted Kale}>ewa 
Fund can be made payable to Falls Church 
Episcopal Church; 115 East Fairfax Steet; 
Falls Church, VA 22040. 

Economics, U.S.A. 

Dr. R. Pierce Lumpkin Jr., the first 
chair of the Economics Department at 
Richmond Professional Institute (now 
VCU), died November 6, 2002, at 89, in 
Richmond. Former student Robert T.C. 
Cone '68BS/B, principal of Managed 
Care Innovations in Rictimond, says 
Lumpkin was "one of the most compe- 
tent professors I encountered. He was a 
very impressive person who commanded 
the attention and respect of numerous 
people in Richmond." 

During WW II, Lumpkin served in 
the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Before the 
war, he had been a music major at RPI, 
a violinist. Then a temporary job at 
Planter's Bank and Trust led him to eco- 
nomics. He earned a Master's and a Ph.D. 
in economics at Harvard University. 

Later, he worked at the Federal Reserve 
Bank, in Boston and in Richmond. 
Lumpkin taught economics and charred 
the department at RPI from 1961-68 until 
he joined the Bank of Virginia where he 
spent ten years, retiring as senior vice 
president and CFO. He wrote a booklet. 
Readings on Money, for the Richmond's 
Federal Reserve Bank; he wrote the weekly 
Money Review for the Bank of Virginia, 
and a textbook, Economics, U.S.A. 

Lumpkin brought Dr. Dennis OTooIe 
'68MS/B to the faculty. "He was an out- 
standing teacher and person, one of the 
best teachers I ever had. I have used a 
number of his teaching techniques," 
says O'Toole. 

For Ed FUppen '65BS/B, partner at 
McGuireWoods LLP and a former VCU 
Rector, Lumpkin was "one of the best 
teachers and finest people I've ever 
known. As a teacher, he always fostered 
learning — he was never critical of 
students. I can't imagine that there's 
anyone who didn't like him." 

SPRING 33 2003 

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McLean, VA. He lives in Richmond. • 
*IVIatthew Bowles '01BS/E is assistant site 
director for the Shady Grove YMCA in Glen 
Allen, VA. He lives in Richmond. • Jessica 
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lives in Rehoboth Beach, DE. • Fanita 
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dent of Management Recruitment at 
SunTrust Bank in Richmond. • Erin Burns 
'01BS/B is an associate at FINPRG in 
Richmond,where she lives. • Katisha 
Burton '01BS/H&S is a retention specialist 
in the DSL division for Verizon 
Communications. She lives in Virginia 
Beach. • *Aileen Callahan '95BFA 
'OOMSW is a clinical case manger at the 
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in 
Denver, where she lives. • Michael 
Cammarasana '02BS/B is a technical 
analyst at SunTrust in Richmond where he 
lives. • Tenisha Carter 'OOBS/H&S is a pro- 
bation officer in Court Services for Fairfax 
County in Fairfax, VA. She lives in 
Washington, DC. • *Pamela Coleman 
'02BS/B is an account manager/sales rep 
for DocuSolutions in Florida. She lives in 
West Palm Beach. • 'Christopher Corrada 
'01MBA is director of New Business 
Development for East West Partners of 
Virginia, Inc. He lives in Richmond. • 
William Fennell 'OOBS/H&S published The 
Winds ofDestiny'm March 2002 under his 
pen name, Willie Tee. His book has 
appeared on television, on radio and in 
newspapers nationwide. For a review, see interview at . • Jenny 
Hansen 'OOBS/E is event coordinator/ 
market manager in Neighborhood and 
Leisure Services for the City of Norfolk, VA. 
She lives in Virginia Beach. • Donna 
(Smelley) Harwood '02BFA/A married 
Ashton Harwood on September 21, 2002. 
They live in Mechanicsville,VA. • Michael 
Jones '97BS '01C/H&S is assistant chief of 
police in investigations for the Capitol 
Police of Virginia. He lives in Midlothian, 
VA. • Shari Khalili '01BS/E is an assistant 
consultant in the Business Consulting 
division of Bellsouth Corporation in 
Charlotte, NC, where she lives. • Danica 
King 'OOBS/B is a new accounts specialist 
for First Union Securities in Richmond. She 
lives in Surry County, VA. • 'Caroline 
Kirkpatrick '95MT/E '01PhD/E is a distance 
learning specialist in the Education 
Department of the Supreme Court of VA in 
Richmond.where she lives. • Sandra 
Luckett '01BFA is an artist whose work has 
been exhibited in the Millennium Arts 
Center at the Corcoran Gallery in 
Washington, DC, and in NYC and at 
Richmond's 1708 Gallery. She received a 
2002 Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in 
Art. • Vanessa Marks OOBS/H&S is a 
canine enforcement officer with U.S. 

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Kristen Anderson 
P. Alan Armentrout 
Felicia Awofisayo 
Mary Barbarisi 
Kathleen (Burke) Barrett 
Steven Bateson 
Donna Jean (Lackey) 

Mildred (Petty) Brickler 
Dr. JohnBricout 
Dr. Monica Brown 
Lillian (Andrews) Callins 
Dr. Jason Carlyon 
Mrs. Sylvia (Boone) Carr 
Linnie (Smith) Carter 
David Ciampa 
George Comstock 
Anthony Conte 
Patricia Crocker 
Linda Cummings 

Diane Doyle 

Kenneth Edgell 

Karen Eldridge 

Bronte Flood 

Shawn Floyd 

Richard Harman 

John Harrison 

Sheila Harrison 

Heather Haynie 

Larry Hicks 

Bonnie Hobbs 

Sandra Holder 

Bradley HolleySr. 

Stephen Horton 

Paul Hussar 

Keith Jessup 

Christopher Jones 

B. Carroll Kincaid 

Joyce Kincaid 

Donald Lacey 

Dr. Isabella (Chauby)Laude 

Dr. Grace Marvin 
Sean McDaniel 
Tim McJilton 
Dr. Bich Loc T. Nguyen 
Nhi Nguyen 
Dr. Judith Nye 
Bryan Paglinawan 
Thomas Pankey 
Linda (Tripp) Parker 
Anne Petera 
MicheleAnn Petrone 
Christina Powell 
Michael Rathmann 
G. Everett Reveley 
Adair Frayser Roper 
Ann Roper 
Thomas Roper 
Thomas Rorrerlll 
Lisa Marie Samaha 
Stephanie Schaefer 
Eleanor Schnabel 

Terese Steinbrecher-Crayton 

Stanley Stephenson 

Melissa Taylor 

Robert Taylor 

Samuel Taylor 

Anja Thomas 

Jonathan Thompson 

Dr. Michael A. Toler 

Joan Vallance-Whitacre 

Allen Vaughan 

J. Thomas Wadkins III 

Caria (Cousins) Waller 

Walter Waraksa 

Randolph Watkins 

Jerry Whitaker 

Frank Whitehurst 

Michelle Whitehurst 

James Wilkinson 

Ranee Lightfoot Wilson 

Suzanne (Small) Wolstenholme 

Harvey Woodson 

Jeffrey Dale 

Pamela Layne 

Barbara (Schmitt) Sethmann 

Christina Woolford 

Daryl Dance 

Barbara Leppitsch 

Anne Slovic 

Dr. Philip Worrell 

C.Kemp Davis Jr. 

Willie Lewis Jr. 

Robert Snowden 

Dr. Michael Zacharias 

Mark T. Del Duca 

Henry Liscio Jr. 


Dr. Douglas E. Ziegenfuss 

Doris (Dick) Dillon 

Gina Lofaro 

Sharon Spacek-Balas 

Dr. Marlene Maron 

Richard Steele 

Customs Service in Laredo, TX, where she 
lives. • Peter Mayer '01MBA is global vice 
president of Procurement & Management 
Materials of Praxair, Inc. in Connecticut. • 
Michelle McCabe '96BA OIC/H&S is 
director of Gubernational Appointments 
and Information Systems in the Office of the 
Secretary of the Commonwealth in 
Richmond. She lives in Bowling Green, VA. 
• Jack McCarthy 'OOBS/MC is public edu- 
cation coordinator of West Virginia for 
LifeNet Memorial Fund in Roanoke, VA, 
where he lives. • *Courtney Merewether 
'01BS/B is a database administrator in the 
Performers Fibers division of Honeywell 
International, Inc. in Colonial Heights, VA. 
She lives in Richmond. • Monica Nebe 
'OOMSW is an adoption social worker for 
United Methodist Family Services in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Melissa 
Ouelette '01BS/H&S is a counseling intern 
atVCU in Richmond. She lives in Colonial 
Heights, VA. • *JonParker'01BS/Bisa 
rate analyst for Estes Express Lines in 
Richmond, where he lives. • Derrick 
Perkins '02MURP/H&S is a credit product 
specialist II at Bank of America in McLean, 
VA. He lives in Arlington, VA. • Ted Price 
'02MSW is the team leader of the Group 
Home division of Elk Hill Inc. in Richmond. 
He lives in Manakin-sabot, VA. • *Brian 
Rountree '02MBA is vice president of the 
Corporate Banking Department of 
SouthTrust Bank in Richmond. He lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. • *James Shepherd 
'OIC/B is managing director for Financial 
Managers & Consultants, LLC in Richmond. 

He lives in Midlothian, VA. • Mary 
Steelman'OIMSWisa clinical case 
managerfor Braley& Thompson in 
Richmond, where she lives. • *Douglas 
Taylor '01BS/B is a research analyst at 
Costar Group in Bethesda, MD. He lives in 
Silver Spring, MD. • *Stephen Voss 
'01MBA is an accountant at Maersk 
Sealand. He lives in Charlotte, NC. • 
Beverly Walker '01MEd/E is a trainer 
instructor in the Human Resources at VCU. 
She lives in Richmond. • EricWelp 
'OOBS/MC is an account manager for the 
Virginia Society of the American 
Institute of Architects in Richmond. • Ellen 
Woodcock '01BS/B is an assistant 
manager for Limited Too Retail in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Elizabeth 
Yevich '95BA 'OOMPA/H&S is a planner for 
the Texas Rehabilitation Commission in 
Austin, where she lives. 

Friends of VCU 

George Nan, a retired chairman emeritus of 
the VCU Department of Photography and 
Film, received a 2002 Theresa Pollak Prize 
for Excellence in the Arts. • Russell Wilson 
is an adjunct professor at VCU and the 
University of Richmond. He is the pianist for 
the Richmond Symphony and plays with the 
Smithsonian Jazz orchestra in Washington, 
DC. He received a 2002 Theresa Pollak Prize 
for Excellence in the Arts. 



Edith Behrens '37BS/H&S on August 11, 
2002. An accomplished gardener, she was 
a nationally accredited Flower Show 
Judge, a Life member of the Virginia 
Federation of Garden Clubs, and past presi- 
dent of the Sleepy Hollow Garden Club. 


♦Virginia (Delp) Ogg '43/E on June 16, 2002, 
at 81. She taught at Henrico County Schools 
for 20 years and was a dance instructor at 
the Elinor Fry School of Dance. She was a 
member of the VCU Alumni Association 
Golden Circle, a 50 year Alumni Club. • 
Shirley Sirott '44BS/B on September 26, 
2002, at 80. • Albert Stoutamire '47BS/A on 
September 15, 2002, at 81. He was a profes- 
sional performer, and taught at public 
schools in Richmond, LaGrange College in 
LaGrange, GA, and McNeese State 
University of Lake Charles, LA. He served in 
the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a 
member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 
NACWAPI and lifetime member of MENC. • 
Theodore Turner '43BFA on September 26, 


Jerome (McLane) Balch '54 on October 4, 

2002. • Joel Barnard Jr'59BS/E on 

September 13, 2002, at 69. He served in the 
U.S. Air Force. • Hazel Hartley '51 BS/E on 
July 29, 2002. 

SPRING 35 2003 

John Mootz '62BS/H&S on December 8, 
2002. He was a case worker at Beaumont 
School for Boys, deputy superintendent at 
the Richmond Juvenile Detention Home for 
16 years, and superintendent of Henrico 
County Juvenile Detention Home for 18 
years. • Terry Phelps '64BS/B on 
December 7, 2002, at 61. He was chair, 
president and CEO of Petroleum Marketers, 
Inc. in Roanoke, VA. He was president of 
APB Whiting Oil Company. He was past 
chair of the Virginia Petroleum Jobbers and 
Convenience Store Marketers, and past 
president and director of Virginia Oilmen's 
Association. He served on many community 
boards; Prevent Blindness Virginia, Arts 
Foundation of the Blue Ridge, the Blue 
Ridge Chapter of the MS Society. He 
received the Virginia Oil Man of the Year 
award, the Lifetime Achievement Award 
from Shell Oil Co, and was a member of the 
Shell V.P. Circle of Success for 13 years. • 
Margaret Rose '69MEd on March 15, 2001 
of cancer. Since 1992 she had been 
involved in missionary work and assisted 
her husband Roland in a Theological 
Education by Extension Ministry in the State 
of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. • *WilMam 
Spence Jr '69MS/B on April 25, 2000. 

Lester Brown Jr '75BS/H&S on December 
1,2002. • Martha (Harrison) Brown 
'71AS/B '77BS/E on October 5, 2002. • 
Estelle (Settle) Cobb '74BS/E on October 2, 
2002, at 88. She taught for 37 years, mainly 
in the Goochland County Schools. She was 
a founding member of the Goochland 
Woman's Club and a founder of an activity 
center for Goochland County's older 
retarded citizens. • John Donahoe 
'76BS/B. • *Charles Harris '70MS/E on July 
8, 2002, at 68 of a heart attack. He taught 
Distributive education at Northhampton, 
Eastville, and George Wythe High Schools. 
He was also assistant professor of D.E. for 
A.B.A.C. in Tifton, GA. He retired as presi- 
dent and insurance agent of Harris 
Insurance Agency in Harlan, KY. • 
Rebecca (Blackman) Hinant '76BFA on 

August 17, 2002, at 48. She had retired from 
Virginia's Department of General Services. 
• Samuel Ranson II '52BS/H&S '77MEd on 

August 24, 2002, 76. He served in the U.S. 
Army during WWII. He taught chemistry at 
Highland Springs High School, where he 
also chaired the Science department. • 
Adrienne (Holmes) Rozzell '71BS/E '75MEd 
on November 13, 2002. She taught at 
Yorkshire Elementary School and was the 
founder and president of Orphans United in 
Christ (OUIC) Inc. • Cheryl (Patteson) Smith 
'70BS/MC on August 29, 2002, at 54. She 
was a journalist and writer who most 
recently worked at St. Mary's Medical 
Center in West Palm Beach, FL She free- 
lanced for the Sun-Sentlnel'm Fort 
Lauderdale and was Director of 
Communications forthe South Florida 
Science Museum in West Palm Beach. She 
was training to become a paralegal and vol- 
unteered at local AIDS programs. 


Horace Boone '81BS/B on August 15, 2002, 
at 79. He served with the 8th Army Air Force 
during WWII and was the recipient of the 
Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying 
Cross. He was owner and operator of 
Boone's Variety Store in Petersburg, VA. • 
Christopher Clary '85BS/B on December 6, 
2002, at 41, of cancer. He was the presi- 
dent's office manager at the Santa Fe 
Institute and taught business classes at Los 
Alamos Community College. He was confi- 
dential assistant to the White House, U.S. 
Congress Office of Technology 
Assessment, and Los Alamos National 
Labs • Malcombe Foley '80BS/B on 
November 18, 2002, at 78. He was in the 
Army Air Corps in WWII and retired from 
Sutton-Clark after 30 years. ♦ Mary 
Hopkins '80BS/E on December 9, 2002, at 
45. • Stuart Shipley '81BA/H&S on October 
7, 2002, at 52. He was a U.S. Air Force 


Christina Burgess '95BA/H&S on June 9, 
2001 of diabetes. She worked for Wells 
Fargo and volunteered forthe Lion's Club. 

She also worked at the National Bank of 
Alaska. • Kimberly Neff '90BGS/H&S 
'95MSW on June 13, 2001, at 40. She 
worked forthe South Carolina Vocational 
Rehabilitation Department. She was a 
licensed social worker in Kansas and South 
Carolina. She was an officer in the U.S. 
Army Reserves and National Guard. • 
Walter Robinson '90MPA/H&S on 
November 30, 2002. » Robert Thome 
'98BS/B on August 23, 2002 of a brain tumor. 
He worked for Capital One and participated 
in Habitatfor Humanity. • Virginia Bowers 
MSW on September 30, 2002. She was a 
social worker at Family and Children's 
Service in Richmond. 

Olukemi "Kemi" Adamolekun'OOMSW, in 

an accident at the age of 55, May 4, 2002. 
She had practiced as a nurse and midwife 
in England and Nigeria andtaughtfora 
decade atthe University of Ife in Nigeria. 
After she came to the U.S. in 1992, she 
created Kaleyewa House to provide home- 
and community-based care for the elderly 
under the motto "Aging with dignity." She 
was working to establish Kaleyewa House 
in two Nigerian communities and helping to 
plan the first-ever Global Embrace, a World 
Health Organization-sponsored walk forthe 
elderly, when she died. 

Friends of VCU 

Clinton Ferguson on December 25, 2002, at 
86. He was an associate professor in the 
School of the Arts and a faculty adviser for 
foreign students. He served in the Army Air 
Corps in WWII. • Evelyn (Einstein) Gunst 
on September 26, 2002, at 92. • Janet 
(Patton) Lewis on August 29, 2002, at 82. 
She established the Flagler Home at St. 
Joseph's Villa. She was a board member at 
the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Theatre 
IV and the Flagler Foundation. She was 
Chairman of Historic Garden Week of the 
Garden Club of Virginia and the 1992 
Richmond Christmas Mother. • Joseph 
Masil on October 17, 2002, 46. • Julia 
Pastore on December 2, 2002. 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year degree/school 


A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLSI Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Center for Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 


AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 

BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-year Teacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 

*Member of the VCU Alumni Association 



+ 1989 A Paul A. Gross ALLIED HEALTH * George Woltz ARTS * Wyndham Blanton, Jr. basic health sciences * Dana Ward 
* Altamont Dickerson, Jr. community & public AFFAIRS * French H. Moore, Jr. denistry * William C. Bosher, Jr. 

EDUCATION • Tom Robbins HUMANITIES & SCIENCES • Fitzhwgh Wteyo iviEDiciNE • Peggy C. Adams nontraditional studies * 
Sarah Cooke NURSING • John Hasty pharmacy * MattieS. Jones social work * 1990 Kathy Kaplan allied health * Ken 
Smith arts • Suzanne Laychock basic health sciences -A- PhylSis Marstiller busincss * Teresa Mullin community & public 
affairs * Dr. Michael McMunn denistry * Deborah D'^iesandro education • Elizabeth A. Mason humanities & sciences • 
D. Ware Branch MEDICINE ■*• Ginna Dalton nontraoitional studies ■*• RSarflia Moon nursing •*• Ronald C. Abernathy pharmacy * 

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* Maurice Bean© arts * Dowald Sffi. Stablein basic health sciences -k John Seibert business * James A. Rothrock community 
& PUBLIC AFFAIRS 'A' Kictiard ©» B®mes DEWiSTRY ^ James Bynum EDUCATION ^ Don Bevilfie HUMANiiies & scienc&'s * Gary D. V. 
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f^icWiHiams, Jr. SOCIAL WORK * 1993 * Charles Ben Bissell allied health professions * Anthony G. Cokes arts * Richard 
P. Phlpps basic HEALTH sciences ■*■ Thomas L. Wlountcastle BUSINESS * James D. Fox community & public affairs -k John C 

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RW, MSN, DrPH nursing • Jota O. Beckner pharmacy • Ms. Catherine E. Nash social wo R: * 1997 *■ Richard C. Kraus 

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